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Volunteers Week 2018



Volunteers’ Week 1-7 June 2018



Volunteers at St Mary’s will be thanked for their contribution at an appreciation evening taking place on Thursday 7th June to mark Volunteers’ Week, which runs from 1-7 June.


St Mary’s Hospice provides free comfort and care for people with life-shortening conditions and support for their families, either at the Hospice or at home. Catherine Sullivan, Volunteer Support Manager said ‘We try to make our volunteers feel appreciated and valued all year round but it is great to be able to recognise their support and have the opportunity to say a special Thank You during national Volunteers week’. Having over 300 volunteers as part of our team allows the hospice to offer its expanding range of services to more people in more places.We are a charity and all our services are free so volunteers not only help us raise funds but also help us save costs.


Anne Atkinson, St Mary’s Volunteer Lead: “Volunteers make a huge contribution to St Mary’s and we value their commitment and motivation. St Mary’s is developing all the time offering more services to more people earlier in their illness.We can’t do this without our fantastic volunteers as they help in all areas and we will need more as we grow. We’ve taken the opportunity this year to have a couple of volunteer appreciation events for our volunteers to get together and socialise and for us to say Thank You.”


Volunteers are central to the work of countless charities and other organisations. They are a valuable presence in many communities, making a difference in places as diverse as sports clubs, libraries, schools and hospitals.

Hundreds of events will be taking place across the country to mark Volunteers' Week. The annual campaign, which was established in 1984, recognises the contribution volunteers make to our communities every day.

Charities across the UK will hold events to thank their volunteers and celebrate the power of volunteering to bring communities together. Last year more than 900 events took place, from awards ceremonies to tea parties and barbecues.

For many charities the week will also be a chance to showcase the range of volunteering opportunities on offer. Volunteer fairs and other events will encourage people to try volunteering for the first time and help people find out how through volunteering they can make a difference to a cause they are passionate about.

Volunteering facts

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Follow @NCVOvolunteers the official twitter account for the week or #volunteersweek.

For more information please contact:

[1] UK Civil Society Almanac 2017

[2] Community Life Survey 2016-17

[3] UK Civil Society Almanac 2017


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