Volunteers' Week is a celebration, held annually on 1-7 June, to recognise the contributions of millions of people across the UK who volunteer in their communities.
The week is a chance to recognise their fantastic contributions, showcase their amazing stories and say a well-deserved thank you.
We are, as always, joining in the celebrations and following this year’s theme, taking time to ‘Celebrate and Inspire’. We’ll be celebrating those volunteers in our communities who go above and beyond just to 'give something back' and sharing inspiring stories in the hope we can encourage others to get involved.
Action Together supports voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise (VCFSE) organisations and individuals across Oldham, Rochdale and Tameside with volunteering.
Volunteer Celebration Fund 2023
Action Together is inviting local voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise groups across Oldham, Rochdale and Tameside to apply for one of our Volunteer Celebration Funds to support an activity during 2023.
Grants of up to £500 are available. Do you have an event planned to thank and celebrate your volunteers? Find out how Action Together can help you fund your idea and get celebrating!
Find out more and apply HERE
We could talk for hours about the incredibly positive impact our volunteers have in our communities but we’d rather you heard their personal stories first hand. Volunteering is a different experience for everyone and people choose to volunteer for all sorts of different reasons.
Find out what volunteering means to some our volunteers and how they’re making a difference, connecting with local communities, learning new skills, boosting their confidence, meeting new people and much more. What has been their motivation to volunteer and how are they personally benefitting from their efforts and contributions?
Read our Volunteer Voice stories HERE
What volunteering means to me
We also recently asked our volunteers to put into words, the impact volunteering has made to them personally. Here are their inspiring and heart-warming results, displayed in a 'word cloud'. We're sure you'll agree that, along with the huge difference volunteering makes to their communities, it is also very rewarding for the person volunteering too.
Employer Supported Volunteering
It’s not just individuals who make up our field of volunteering expertise, organisations can get involved too, with huge benefits to the employer as well as the employees.
Employer supported volunteering, or corporate volunteering, is where the employees of an organisation take time to volunteer during work hours or organise volunteer activities. Employees might choose to support a charity or community group or take up an opportunity provided by their workplace.
Action Together connects volunteers with charities and voluntary organisations across Oldham, Rochdale and Tameside. We work with local groups to develop volunteering projects and roles and can match workplaces that want to volunteer with local groups who need their help.
Find out more about our recent projects with Employer Supported Volunteering: https://www.actiontogether.org.uk/ESV
Impact beyond measure
Over many years the positive impact volunteering has made to our communities is astounding. People really do have the power to change the places they live and the things they care about. We’ve supported our teams of volunteers and helped countless groups and organisations to connect and develop with them.
We truly believe the impact of volunteering is measured in more than facts and figures, it’s the changes it makes to individuals, groups and communities far and wide, but here are just a few of the statistics to sum up our work during the past 12 months.
Volunteering Strategy 2023-2028
This June we're proud to launch our new Volunteering Strategy 2023-2028 which outlines our plans and promises for the next five years.
It’s our 'Vision for Volunteering', find out what we want 2028 look like HERE