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Let's celebrate Volunteers' Week with a thank you and a special offer.

Recognising the contribution millions of people make across the UK through volunteering.

Volunteers Week is run by The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), a membership organisation for the voluntary and community sector in England. The action-packed week takes place 1-7 June, and is a chance to recognise the fantastic contribution volunteers make to communities around the country and to say thank you.

Volunteers’ Week is supported by charities who run hundreds of activities across the UK showcasing and celebrating the contribution volunteering makes in our communities. It goes without saying that volunteers have played a key role in the pandemic response over the last 18 months; people from all walks of life have taken the time to volunteer and make a huge difference to their communities. The team at Boxcitement all regularly give up their spare time to help at local vaccination hubs, and everyone says it’s hugely rewarding, not only because it offers vital support to these busy places but also because it’s a chance to meet new people, learn new skills and feel as if something positive can be taken from living under the shadow of Covid for so long.

The 37th annual Volunteers’ Week in 2021 is crammed full of activities, talks from celebrities, advice from volunteers and fun celebrations. Have a look at the packed schedule here and learn how to get involved.

Why volunteer?

It’s human nature to feel good when helping someone, or contributing to animal or environmental aid. It has been proved that volunteering can help with wellbeing, boost confidence and reduce loneliness as well as providing the opportunity to learn new skills and increase employment opportunities. There are around 163,000 organisations in the UK which rely on volunteers for everything from sea rescue to dog fostering to hospital orienteering, so the opportunities are hugely varied and can be tailored to your particular interests or skills.

Of course the benefits of volunteering aren’t only experienced by the volunteer! Our society benefits as a whole from improved social change and the increased access to vital services needed by vulnerable, isolated or endangered members of the public. Volunteering as a marshall at the vaccination centre frees up trained medical personnel to help with the distribution of the drugs, and providing first aid centres at public gatherings frees up paramedics to help with true emergencies.

It all comes down to a basic and simple human need at the end of the day – to help and to sometimes need help. Giving up time and making an effort with no expectation of financial reward brings benefits to a whole society and makes everyone feel good – and we can’t put a price on that, can we?

If you’re interested in volunteering, here’s how to get started and some volunteering stories to inspire you.

If you know a special volunteer who you would like to recognise for their efforts, please just drop us an email with their details and we will choose a selection to send a special Boxcitement box to as a thank you – plus we will share their stories in an upcoming newsletter.

Best wishes for now - Deb

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