Volunteers’ Week

Volunteers’ Week (taking place from Saturday 1st to Friday 7th June 2019) is a time to say thank you for the fantastic contribution volunteers make. 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.

Every group that works with volunteers in Blackburn with Darwen is invited to get involved. Community CVS is coordinating a programme of Volunteers Week events across the borough we would like to help publicise and promote as many events for other partners and voluntary and community groups as possible.

There are lots of easy ways for you to get involved:

  • Save the date for a Big Thank You* on Friday 7th June am for your own volunteers,

The Big Thank You: is where every group across the borough that involves volunteers, thanks their volunteers on the same day by having a coffee / celebration morning at their venue on the Friday 7th June (am). We are planning to have a simultaneous thank you on the same day because we want to make sure that every volunteer gets the chance to be recognised and thanked for all their contributions, and volunteers across the borough can feel a sense of solidarity that they are part of a big celebration across the borough. Not everyone can come to the Community Volunteer Awards so this is a way to make sure everyone can get involved. Community CVS can promote the day on social media if you send us your photos by email to graham.aspin@communitycvs.org.uk, or via twitter @CommunityCVS  #BigThankYou  #VolunteersWeek.

  • Offer an open day/ taster session at your venue to recruit new volunteers,
  •  Join in with town centre Volunteers Week promotional stands that Community CVS are organising in Blackburn market, the Mall, Darwen Town Hall and Darwen Leisure Centre,
  • Book a stand at Blackburn Royal and Burnley General hospitals with the Together a Healthier Lancashire Volunteer Project. Available Monday 1st – Friday 7th June,
  • Nominate volunteers to receive an award at the Community Volunteer Awards Ceremony on Monday 10th June. http://www.communitycvs.org.uk/volunteer/volunteer-awards/, (deadline for nominations – Friday 5th April 5pm),
  • Join the Thank You to Volunteer Managers event on Tuesday 11th June.
  • There are lots of really useful resources here https://volunteersweek.org/get-involved/ to help with your events including certificate templates, bunting design and logos.

Please contact kate.lee@communitycvs.org.uk or denise.hayhurst@communitycvs.org.uk for any of the below:

  • If you would like to come to the Volunteers Week Group meetings for partners on Tuesdays April 2nd and May 7th – both at 10am at the Boulevard Centre,
  • To receive a copy of the draft programme so far,
  • If you intend to put on a volunteer recruitment event and you would like us to include it in the Volunteers Week Programme,
  • If you would like to join in with the Volunteers Week launch on Saturday 1st June in the Blackburn Market, or at Darwen Town Hall on Tuesday 4th June,
  • If you are intending to run a Big Thank You event for your own volunteers on Friday 7th June.

Please contact Maggie Asquith margaret.asquith@nhs.net

  • if you would like to have a promotional stand at the hospitals

Please contact Donna Talbot donna.talbot@communitycvs.org.uk For info about the Community Volunteer Awards