Volunteers' Week is an annual celebration of volunteers that takes place every year from 1 – 7 June. 

With 2019's theme 'Time to celebrate', up and down the country, volunteer recruitment fayres and exhibitions took place which gave organisations the opportunity to recruit and recognise the commitment, talent and positive impact of volunteers.

Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers!

Throughout BAVO's Volunteers’ Week celebrations, local organisations joined us at Tesco Maesteg, Bridgend Bus Station and Porthcawl's John Street Bandstand giving out lots of information explaining how volunteering can benefit individuals’ lives.

We received a great response and would like to say a big thank you to all our members who joined us in a very successful Volunteers' Week 2019!

Reasons to celebrate volunteering each year

A recent survey of volunteers' experience reminds us that volunteers both give and also gain much through their volunteering - and that there is much to celebrate!

Time Well Spent is a national survey, published by NCVO in January 2019. Seven in 10 people surveyed, have volunteered at some point in their lives. Those aged 65 and over are the age group most likely to have volunteered recently and those between 25-34 are least likely.

The findings highlighted a spectrum of engagement with volunteering: some are committed on a weekly basis whilst for others it is something they dip in and out of occasionally.

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 sport clubs, schools and hospitals.

Volunteering facts

  • In 2015, volunteering output contributed an estimated £22.6bn to the UK economy. This is equivalent to approximately 1.2% of GDP;
  • In 2016/17, 19.8 million (37%) people in the UK volunteered formally at least once a year and 11.9 million (22%) of people did so at least once a month;
  • There are 165,801 voluntary organisations in the UK, many of whom rely on volunteers;
  • Lots of volunteering also takes place within the public and private sector, e.g. there are an estimated 3 million people volunteering in health and care.

| For more statistics, read more here  |

Why volunteer?.....

Volunteering can be exciting, challenging and rewarding. It benefits you and the individuals or group you are helping. Groups rely on volunteers, so volunteering can make a BIG difference to YOU and your COMMUNITY!  Find out how volunteering has changed people’s lives…| Read more here |

Contact us

For further details, contact Sharon or Geraint at BAVO's Bridgend Volunteer Centre, T: 01656 810400 or E: [email protected]