Volunteers’ Week 2016 – Summary

Volunteers’ Week, which takes place every year at the start of June, celebrates the contribution made by millions of volunteers across the UK. It is run by NCVO and provides organisations all around the nation to celebrate their volunteers and make it known that all of their help is appreciated.

Here at VCD we kick started Volunteers’ Week with the Excellence in Volunteer Management Conference and Awards.  Championing organisations which demonstrate quality in their volunteer management, these awards are considered to be very special, due to the fact that nominations can only be made by volunteers.

All nominees for the awards were invited to join us at the Hertfordshire Volunteer Centres Annual Volunteering Conference hosted by Beales Hotel Hatfield on 1 June 2016, where the trophy was presented to the winner, Countryside Management Service.

On the 3 June we joined forces with Community Action Dacorum, to host a mini Volunteer’s Roadshow, which generated a lot of interest and was an overall success. The Roadshow not only allowed us to gain an insight into why people volunteer, but  also to find out why it is that some people don’t volunteer, and how we can get them motivated to try and do so in the future!

We then hosted a Volunteers’ Lunch with Community Action Dacorum and The Box Moor Trust. This gave us the opportunity to say thank you for the contribution that our volunteers have made to all respective organisations. The event was attended by the Lord Mayor of Dacorum Council, Bob Mclean, and his wife who gave thanks for the contribution that volunteers make. The local community group Movie Makers also contributed to the event by producing a short film with testimonials of some of our volunteers, which will soon be uploaded to our YouTube page.

Finally, our Chief Executive Officer, Richard Pitts, delivered a presentation at the Society of Oddfellows about the value of Volunteering and the contribution that volunteers make.  He emphasised the importance of rewarding and recognising the volunteers and effective volunteer management.

Overall, Volunteers’ Week was a success and we hope you had as much fun as we did!