Volunteers' Week 2020
It has never been more important to celebrate volunteering and recognise all the valuable work that volunteers do across the length and breadth of Northern Ireland.
The COVID 19 pandemic has brought many challenges and many of these have been meet by willing volunteers helping and supporting those in need. The lock down and social distancing means that we cannot bring volunteers together to celebrate and thank them, nonetheless we want to say a massive thank you to every person who volunteers, not only at this time of crisis but throughout the year and on an ongoing basis.
Volunteers’ Week resources
The Volunteers’ Week website has some good ideas and resources to recognise volunteers, not just 1 – 7 June, but throughout the year.
Support for volunteers and volunteering
Volunteer Now provides support and training to volunteers. They also have an excellent website to connect organisations with opportunities for volunteering to people who would like to volunteer. Please take a few minutes to register.
NICVA's website has resources and information that are useful to trustees and volunteers in relation to a range of issues such as COVID 19, governance, human resources, fundraising, GDPR and training.
Skills Match is a great way to involve volunteers from businesses throughout NI. A partnership between Business and the Community and NICVA, supported by The Department for communities. You can register your volunteering opportunities here.
DIY committee guide is a helpful resource for all volunteer committees with the Governance Health Check, templates and guidance
Celebrating volunteers’ week
Each year, every organisation that takes part in Volunteers’ Week decides how best to mark the week in their own way. This year is no different – however many of us are facing challenges we never imagined.
You are best to decide what to do in your area. If you are going ahead, Volunteer Now have some tips and advice.
Denise Hayward, CEO, Volunteer Now and Maurice Meehan, Public Health Agency have produced this article on Volunteering: Benefits, Challenges and Opportunities.
Volunteer Now has launched a #HelpEachOther campaign in Northern Ireland to offer guidance and support to Volunteer Involving Organisations and those who want to volunteer.
Please send us your stories of how you involve and recognise volunteers and we will share them with the wider voluntary and community sector. Contact [email protected]
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Share your COVID-19 support service
Organisations providing support to people and communities during the COVID-19 emergency can share their service information here