Volunteers’ Week takes place in the UK from 1 to 7 June every year, but it has been different in 2020.
The campaign, run by NCVO (The National Council for Voluntary Organisations), a membership organisation that champions the voluntary sector, is a chance to celebrate and say thank you to the millions of volunteers across the UK for the contributions they make.
Due to the Coronavirus situation, however, many organisations have not gone ahead with activities for the week, while others have managed to mark the campaign whilst also following the restrictions imposed by the outbreak.
Here at the UK National Agency, we wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you for the amazing contributions made by the European Solidarity Corps volunteers in their projects, as well as to all our beneficiaries.
Watch a message for participants and organisations from Fumie Izaki, Team Leader for the European Solidarity Corps and Erasmus+ Youth at the UK National Agency:
Volunteers’ stories from lockdown
Through social media, some of our beneficiaries have shared how their participants have adapted their activities and are keeping busy during lockdown – from helping in a soup kitchen in Dudley, West Midlands, to a baking class live streamed to children in Northern Ireland.
Check out our compilation of the posts we’ve been tagged in so far: