Volunteers' Week 2019

What is Volunteers’ Week?

Volunteers' Week is a chance to celebrate and say thank you for the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK.

It takes place 1-7 June every year and is an opportunity to celebrate volunteering in all its diversity.

During the week, hundreds of events and celebrations take place across the country, saying thank you to volunteers and recognising their invaluable and diverse contribution to the lives of others.

The campaign was established in 1984 by Volunteering England, which merged with NCVO in 2013. NCVO now leads this UK-wide campaign.

Time to Celebrate

This year, Volunteers’ Week is about celebrating the huge range of people who give their time in so many ways.

When thanking your volunteers this year, take a moment to remember each and every one of them. From trustees and campaigners to carers and fundraisers, this is a great time to think about the fantastic contribution all your volunteers make.

It’s also a chance to think about what volunteering means to you. How can you celebrate people from every walk of life who are getting involved in volunteering?

Our celebration in Oldham was fantastic!

Action Together hosted a special town centre event on Wednesday 3rd July. We invited anyone to come along and browse the stalls of the wonderful and diverse voluntary sector and all of the fantastic charities, community groups and social enterprises that work within it.

Our event was bursting with activity and entertainment for people to come along and get involved in. We celebrated in style and showcased the fantastic volunteer opportunities that make a difference to people's live's in the local area. 

We will be running another event like this in 2020. Watch this space for details! 

Please see picture attached. 

How do volunteers contribute to communities across Oldham, Tameside and Rochdale?

There are 1,231 voluntary organisations, community groups and social enterprises in Oldham, 1,167 in Tameside and 1,180 in Rochdale. The majority of these are small, volunteer led groups, with an estimated 37,000 volunteers in Oldham, 34,000 volunteers in Tameside and 34,300 in Rochdale, which includes committee/ board members.

Collectively they give 253,500 hours each week (90,300, 83,400, 79,800 respectively) and valued at £230.1 million across all three boroughs.

Volunteers' Week 2019 Resource Pack

We have put together a Volunteers' Week resource pack.  From running an event to using social media, this pack will help you to get the most out of Volunteers' Week.

Click here to download the pack.

Social media campaign

With our partners across GM we are launching #PeopleOfGreaterMCR to celebrate all types of volunteering; from small acts of kindness, helping a neighbour, running a group or more formal volunteering with an organisation

We want to hear about all the different types of ways people give their time to their community, including the celebrations, events and activities that are taking place throughout Volunteers’ Week and the rest of June.

We’re asking groups to use #PeopleofGreaterMCR tag at @WeActTogether and to share lots of photos and videos in all their Volunteers’ Week 2019 social media updates.

Volunteers’ Week Activity Fund

Are you a community, voluntary, faith or social enterprise group or organisation in Oldham, Rochdale or Tameside? Are you making plans for Volunteers’ Week 2019?  Volunteers’ week is a chance to celebrate and say thank you for the fantastic contribution thousands of volunteers make across Oldham, Rochdale and Tameside.

Time to Celebrate is the national theme for Volunteers’ Week 1 – 7 June 2019.

What better way to celebrate than organising an afternoon lunch for your volunteers or a recruitment event to engage new volunteers?  

Action Together is inviting local VCFSE groups across Oldham, Rochdale and Tameside to apply for one of our Volunteers’ Week Activity Funds to support an activity during June 2019.

Amounts available up to £500 and the activities need to focus on one or more of the following:


Involving new volunteers to help run your group or support your organisation, which are inclusive and flexible to meet the diverse communities across Oldham, Rochdale and Tameside.


Creating opportunities for your volunteers to feel connected, valued and supported.


Celebrating your volunteers, their achievements, and the difference they make within communities across Oldham, Rochdale and Tameside.

Oldham and Tameside Volunteers' Week Activity Fund application form and grant guidelines

Closing date for Oldham and Tameside: 12pm on Friday 10 May 2019
Decision date for Oldham and Tameside: 17 May 2019

Rochdale Volunteers' Week Activity Fund application form and grant guidelines

​Closing date for Rochdale: 12pm on Tuesday 28 May 2019
Decision date for Rochdale: 31 May 2019  

Volunteers' Week Resource Pack