Volunteers’ Week 2018 starts tomorrow and we want to thank and celebrate the volunteers who are the backbone of the hundreds of charities and community groups we fund every year. Every day, we will be hearing from a volunteer from a group funded recently by Sussex Community Foundation so please catch up with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to hear more from tomorrow, Friday 1 June.
Volunteers’ Week 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. You can find out more here at the Volunteers’ Week website. #VolunteersWeek #Volunteering #Volunteer
- 37% of the UK population volunteer at least once a year, with 22% volunteering at least once a month;
- Volunteering contributes an estimated £22.6bn to the UK economy;
- The most popular ways of giving time are fundraising and running events, with sports organisations and groups being the most popular places to volunteer;
- The most common reason people give for why they volunteer is to improve things and to help others, other reasons include having the time to volunteer, to meet new people and to learn new skills.