CELEBRATING COUNTY DURHAM'S VOLUNTEERS

14th Jun 2018

Durham Community Action was delighted to host over 200 volunteers and guests from across County Durham for a Volunteering Celebration at Durham Cathedral on 6th June.  The Volunteer Celebration was part of a special week of activity to mark Volunteers’ Week which ran from 1-7 June.

Volunteers are central to the work of countless charities and other organisations. They are a valuable presence in many communities, making a difference in places as diverse as community centres, sports clubs, libraries, schools, hospitals and Cathedrals.

Durham Cathedral was a superb setting to recognise and showcase the volunteering achievements of individuals and groups. Executive Director, Jo Laverick and Chair Jan Worters of Durham Community Action presented recognised volunteers with certificates at a formal ceremony to say thank you for their valuable contribution to our community; guests also received a tour of the Cathedral along with a visit to the Open Treasures exhibition, and were also given the opportunity to join in with an Evensong that evening which was specially dedicated to volunteers.

The event was sponsored by Durham County Council, Durham Police, Banks Group, County Durham and Darlington Fire Rescue Service, County Durham Community Foundation and Durham University.

Jo Laverick, Executive Director of Durham Community Action said of the event:

“Thanks to Durham Cathedral, Durham Community Action were able to give volunteers in County Durham a proper thank you. We all felt like VIP’s. It was a wonderful afternoon to celebrate all of the contribution made by volunteers to community life in County Durham.”

Hundreds of similar events took place across the country to mark Volunteers' Week. The annual campaign, which was established in 1984, recognises the contribution volunteers make to our communities every day. Last year more than 900 events took place, from awards ceremonies to tea parties and barbecues.

Durham Community Action run a dedicated Centre for Volunteering supporting individuals who want to volunteer and organisations who want to involve volunteers. As well as hosting the Volunteering Celebration, Durham Community Action also ran a market stall event in Durham City with a range of organisations who are looking to attract volunteers across the county. More information can be found at http://www.durhamcommunityaction.org.uk/supporting-volunteering.html

Volunteering facts

  • In 2015, volunteering output contributed an estimated £22.6bn to the UK economy. This is equivalent to approximately 1.2% of GDP.[1]
  • In 2016/17, 19.8 million (37%) people in the UK volunteered formally at least once a year and 11.9 million (22%) of people did so at least once a month.[2]
  • There are 165,801 voluntary organisations in the UK, many of whom rely on volunteers.[3]
  • Lots of volunteering also takes place within the public and private sector. For example, there are an estimated 3 million people volunteering in health and care.[4]

For more statistics visit https://data.ncvo.org.uk/a/almanac17/volunteering-overview/

Notes

To find out more visit www.volunteersweek.org

Follow @NCVOvolunteers the official twitter account for the week or #volunteersweek.

For more information please contact: Abby Thompson, Volunteering Development Manager on 01388 742055 or by email abby.thompson@durhamcommunityaction.org.uk



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