Centre celebrates Volunteers’ Week


Volunteers’ Week is an annual event which takes place this week (1-7 June). It celebrates the contribution made by millions of volunteers across the UK. It’s run by NCVO in partnership with a number of organisations, including the Wales Council for Voluntary Action.

From showcasing the different volunteering roles on offer, taster sessions and team challenges with new partners, to volunteer recruitment events, awards ceremonies and launching new volunteering campaigns, events take place throughout the country.

At the Wales Co-operative Centre, we will be showcasing the different ways some of the organisations and businesses we work with are helped by volunteers. This will include social enterprises, and organisations that are helping people to do more online.

Social businesses in Wales provide as many as 58,000 volunteering opportunities, so those who give up their free time are an invaluable resource to those companies that are making a difference to people and communities around Wales. The same can be said of our digital volunteers. The Digital Communities Wales project has recruited hundreds of volunteers in the last couple of years, training and placing many of them in community settings to help people reap the benefits of the online world.

During Volunteers’ Week, we will be taking a creative approach to sharing the experiences of volunteers at a number of businesses and organisations, to give you a better insight into their roles and what volunteering means to them. We will also be hearing from other employers, as they showcase the contribution made by their volunteers, who help out in a variety of ways.

Last but not least, we will be showing how Wales Co-operative Centre staff volunteer in their spare time. Volunteering is something we’re passionate about and it’s borne out in the lives of our staff, outside of their day jobs.

Follow our Volunteers’ Week posts on Twitter on @WalesCoopCentre and @DC_Wales, as well as blogs on everyonesbusiness.coop and the Digital Communities Wales website.

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