Volunteers’ Week 2020

A time to say thank you

National Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June) is the annual celebration of volunteering: a week dedicated to thanking all volunteers for their time, energy, commitment, values and skills.

Every year, volunteers spend thousands of hours supporting our local community. However, this year – the year of Covid-19 – volunteering is being highlighted like never before.

People have stepped up in staggering numbers over the past few months to give their time to helping others. Many of whom may not even call themselves volunteers.

From those who have stepped forward to assist during the current pandemic (some of whom are still waiting in the wings for their chance to shine); to those who have been volunteering continuously over a number of years, and those who may have put their volunteering on hold temporarily to self-isolate or take on a caring role.

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.

In previous years, the week has been marked with coffee mornings, tea parties and award ceremonies. Whilst celebrations in 2020 will be a little muted, organisations throughout Sussex will still be taking this opportunity to virtually applaud their vital volunteer workforce.

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Show your support this Volunteers’ Week

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Watch our thank you video

We would like to thank:

  • Andrew Blackman Esq DL, High Sherrif of East Sussex
  • Caroline Lucas MP, Brighton Pavilion
  • Caroline Nicholls, Deputy Lieutenant of West Sussex
  • Karen Breen, Interim CEO Sussex CCGs
  • Lola Banjoko, ED Brighton and Hove CCG
  • Peter Field, Lord-Lieutenant of East Sussex
  • Tim Loughton MP, East Worthing and Shoreham

There were also some clips which we didn’t quite get time to include in the video above, so they are reproduced here:

  • Adam Doyle, CEO of CCGs in Sussex | Watch
  • Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP, Brighton Kemptown | Watch

Read volunteer stories from some local heroes