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 https://www.durhamcommunityaction.org.uk/supporting-volunteering.html

Volunteering facts

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


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

[1] UK Civil Society Almanac 2017

[2] Community Life Survey 2016-17

[3] UK Civil Society Almanac 2017

[4] http://www.kingsfund.org.uk/publications/volunteering-health-and-care

Recognising Volunteers across County Durham

Download the 2018 Volunteering Celebration brochure