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Blog | 01 June 2020

Happy Volunteers Week!

We are so grateful to all volunteers this week, and every week.

This week is Volunteers Week!

​We are SO proud of all of our volunteers. From all the staff members at Survivors’ Network, we want to say a huge THANK YOU to each and everyone of them for all the time, knowledge, patience and dedication they give to survivors through our services.

In ordinary times, our volunteers staff our Helpline and our Drop-in, providing support to survivors directly and helping them to create a peer support space that is safe and helpful.​ They also make up our Trustee Board, supporting and guiding our staff to grow, develop and prove ourselves as an organisation, and our Fundraising Team who work creatively and tirelessly to bring in much-needed funds for our survivor services.

Community Works, the local charity hub, described Volunteers Week so well:

Volunteers’ Week is a time to recognise the invaluable impact volunteering has on the community. From the small scale, mutual-aid groups offering much-needed local support, to the thousands of existing voluntary and community groups, and the national organisations and programmes. Every kind of volunteer has helped our local community continue during these difficult times.

Volunteers are the lifeblood of the charity sector – we truly couldn’t do this work without you. And we’ve learnt through this crisis that the eagerness to volunteer time, resources and care extend well beyond our sector – to every member of our community, working hard to keep each other safe in a frightening time.

So as well as thanking our wonderful volunteers, whose generosity and empathy inspires us daily, we also want to extend a thank you to everyone volunteering during the pandemic. You exemplify the best of us, and we are all so grateful.

If you would like to join us in thanking volunteers, you can download a poster to put in your window here – or you could design your own!

Line drawing of people with the words "thank you" spelled out on their t-shirts