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Volunteers week – The Big Celebration

Graham Robson June 1, 2016

Volunteers Week extended by five days to celebrate the Queens Birthday.


Today, (June 1), is the start of Volunteers Week, Big Celebration which this year runs till June 12.

Events will be taking place across the UK from June 1-12 to mark Volunteers’ Week, which this year is running for an extra five days to coincide with the Queen’s Patron’s Lunch on June 12.

Over 21 million people volunteer in the UK at least once a year contributing an estimated £23.9bn to the UK economy.

These 21 million people are a shining example of how everyone can daily make a big difference to the lives of individuals and communities from improving the environment we live in, spending time with those who may otherwise be lonely and contributing to a range of other essential services and support.

Such major contributions are worth a big celebration!

Simon Kirby, MP for Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven, has joined local charities to thank the hard work of local volunteers.


He said: “There are many voluntary organisations in Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven and they all rely on the dedication, commitment and energy of their volunteers. The work that volunteers do is vital and a week such as this is a great opportunity to honour them.”

Karl Wildings
Karl Wildings

Karl Wilding, Director of Public Policy and Volunteering at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, which coordinates Volunteers’ Week in England, added: “Volunteers’ Week is always a fantastic opportunity for a big celebration of the great work of volunteers across the UK. This year’s longer event, culminating with the Patron’s Lunch on the Mall, will allow even more people to take part in this special thank you to those who give up their time in the service of others.

“Millions of volunteers make a huge difference to our society, and our lives would be worse without them. It is great to see that doing good to help other people is alive and well in this country. Whether they are running sports clubs, providing services for those in need or spending time with people at risk of loneliness, the UK’s volunteers are an inspiration for us all and it’s important we recognise them.”

This year the end of Volunteers’ Week will coincide with the Patron’s Lunch on June 12, a celebration of the Queen’s lifetime of service to more than 600 charities and organisations to which she acts as a Patron, on the occasion of her 90th birthday. Communities across the UK have been encouraged to participate by holding their own street party or event.

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