Each year, Volunteers’ Week celebrates the amazing contributions volunteers make to communities across the UK.

The celebration starts on the first Monday in June every year and is a chance to recognise, celebrate and thank the UK’s incredible volunteers for all they contribute to our local communities, the voluntary sector, and society as a whole.

We want to celebrate our amazing group of volunteers that show up every week. Whether this is from cooking in our day centres and making teas and coffees, to sorting through donations and assisting in our Clothing Project, we simply couldn’t maintain our high service levels without you.

Steph, our Volunteer Coordinator, confirms: “I have been in post for a year, never having worked with volunteers before, wow!  The vital services they provide for those Maggs works with are literally life changing.  Each volunteer brings a different set of skills and experiences, every single one, without exception brings a smile and a warm welcome to every session they so generously give their time to support.”

Claire, our Outreach Manager comments: “Without the consistent support from our volunteers giving up their free time our Clothing Project would not be able run as effectively as it does. They arrive to mountains of donations to sort and interact with our Service Users in a professional and friendly manner, helping to find appropriate clothing for them. The feedback from our Service Users is always positive and many come in on specific days to chat to their favourite volunteers. Thank you for keeping our services operational!”

Since July last year, our fantastic cohort of volunteers have donated 2821 hours of their time to our core services! Specifically:

  • Worcester Day Centre: 1217 hours
  • Malvern Day Centre: 918 hours
  • The Clothing Project: 686 hours

Without these dedicated hours, our staff couldn’t do our roles provide tailored support to our service users. These are vital to the running of our organisation and help us offer the best possible service to those who deserve it.

Why should you do volunteer work?

It’s only natural to feel good after helping someone out. There are many benefits to volunteering, which we have detailed in a blog here. Other highlights to think about are:

  • An estimated 14.2m people in the UK volunteered through a group, club or organisation in 2021/22.
  • Almost one in five (16%) people report volunteering at least once a month (about 8.3m people in the UK).
  • More than half of the UK population gets involved in informal volunteering – but this is less visible. Informal volunteering can involve things like going shopping, providing childcare or doing housework for free for someone who is not a relative or a friend.

If you’re interested in volunteering with Maggs and joining our team, here’s how to get started or drop us an email at volunteers@maggsdaycentre.co.uk.