Volunteers' Week is a chance to celebrate and say thank you for the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK.
It takes place 1-7 June every year and is an opportunity to celebrate volunteering in all its diversity. During the week, hundreds of events and celebrations take place across the country, saying thank you to volunteers and recognising their invaluable and diverse contribution to the UK.
As well as helping others, volunteering has been shown to improve volunteers' wellbeing too and the estimated annual value of volunteers helping UK charities is £22.6bn.
In the North East, a number of events are taking place including an open house at Newcastle Volunteer Centre on Saturday 8 June, with over 16 local charities from health and social care, fundraising, international development, supporting older people and young people at risk of offending. View the event flyer for details.
North Tyneside VODA is organising a drop-in Volunteer Recruitment Fair on Saturday 8 June, with stalls and information from a range of voluntary and community organisations. Find out more at their website.
MVDA are 'shining the light on volunteering', by passing on a crocheted torch through different volunteer involving organisations across the South Tees. This will be an opportunity for the organisations to thank their volunteers for the amazing contributions they make to their local community. They will trace the journey of the torch on an online map and the public are welcome to visit the organisations to find out more.
You can see more events on the Volunteers' Week website.