The Volunteers’ Week campaign started in 1984, which means this year marks the 38th year of formally saying ‘thank you’ to volunteers. The week also raises awareness about the benefits becoming a volunteer and the diverse volunteering roles that are available.
As well as helping others, Volunteering has been shown to have a positive impact on the lives of those who volunteer, assisting volunteers in gaining new skills and boosting self-esteem.
This year Volunteer’s Week coincides with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations (which includes The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) - a tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022), and also the Month of Community.
At VAS we are proud of Shetland's volunteers
Statistics show that Shetland is consistently in the top 3 for volunteering participation rates. The Scottish Household Survey shows formal adult volunteering rates at 26% with Shetland double that at 58% and much higher when taking in informal numbers.
This year we are celebrating Volunteers' Week by going out into the community. We are visiting volunteer involving organisations (one for each day of the week) and are bringing along a tree for their volunteers to plant with a plaque to say the tree has been planted during Volunteer’s Week in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year and thanking all their volunteers from Voluntary Action Shetland.
Kathleen Williamson, Volunteer Support Worker at VAS said ‘we are really looking forward to getting out and about and meeting volunteers and the organisations that support them during Volunteer’s Week and saying thank you for all the amazing volunteering taking place throughout the Islands.’