Volunteers' Week 2020

June 2020

Thank you to our fantastic volunteers

Making Space are delighted to be part of a collaborative action of organisations championing a united response for Volunteers’ Week 1-7 June.

We would like to say a HUGE thank you to our fantastic volunteers. Without their commitment, enthusiasm and hard work, we would not be able to deliver our service to the level we do.

Our volunteers truly help to make a difference to the lives of the people we support by increasing their opportunities to connect with their community, build confidence and acquire new skills.

Volunteers Week is a yearly national week taking place 1-7 June. It is a chance to celebrate and say thank you for the contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK.

We asked what our volunteers think about volunteering:

“Increased my mental wellbeing. I feel more confident and settled in life, gained knowledge and awareness of mental health and the different services provided by other organisations."
"It makes me feel like I am doing something to help people especially the carer as I feel they need support with helping to look after the person living with dementia.”
• “I felt more involved with the local area. It’s nice to get out to see a different group of people and link in with staff. It is nice to do something that isn’t work or university related.”

Antonia Pike, Volunteering and Co-Production Coordinator said: “Our volunteers are amazing and we value their support and contribution to Making Space.

“Without their commitment and enthusiasm we would not be able to deliver our service to the exceptional level we do.

“We know that many are volunteering to support the consequences of COVID-19. This might be through organised volunteering or by stepping up informally to support their community. For others, it’s a challenging time as they are unable to volunteer in their much loved roles.

“Whether our volunteers are still active or currently taking a break we want to take this opportunity during Volunteers Week to send a big shout out and say thank you!”

Namaste Webinar Wave

During Volunteers Week 2020, we are encouraging everyone to get involved in the Volunteer Wave as part of the #WaveforVolunteers and #NeverMoreNeeded National Campaign.

The #WaveForVolunteers social media campaign is encouraging as many people as possible to take a photo of themselves saying thank you to volunteers.

Why not get involved and photograph yourself with a smiley face on your hand or some artwork to say thank you. You can share them with us on social media or send your pictures to volunteering@makingspace.co.uk.

By joining forces in Volunteers Week 2020, we are aiming to increase visibility of the vital efforts that all volunteers have made this year.

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