It’s National Volunteers’ Week – A huge thank you to all of our Volunteers

This week marks National Volunteers’ Week, so we’d like to give recognition to our volunteers and say a huge thank you for their hard work over the past year. From trustees to fundraisers and sessional support volunteers, thank you all for making the Kangaroos community a happier place to be.

Thank you Kangaroos’ Volunteers

We couldn’t do what we do without you!

What is National Volunteers’ Week?

Volunteers’ Week takes place 1 – 7 June every year. It’s a chance to celebrate and say thank you for the contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK.

How Covid-19 has impacted our volunteers

As you all know we have sadly had to close our clubs and activities due to Covid-19. In addition, we have had to cancel all of our fundraising events, which many of our wonderful volunteers also help with.

The Covid-19 lockdown situation means our volunteers can’t work with us at the moment, but it doesn’t mean we aren’t thinking about them and we hope we can work together again very soon.

We are following Government advice and we will re-open our clubs and get fundraising events going again as soon as it is safe to do so.

Many of our volunteers have been keeping in touch as they have understandably built supporting role relationships with our Members.

They have been letting us know what they have been doing during lockdown and posting photos and messages on our closed Facebook page.

Our Members have loved seeing the Facebook posts

Thank you so much volunteers

A message from our Volunteer Coordinator

Having been a volunteer herself for many years at different groups and a school, our Volunteer Coordinator, Denise Tester, knows only too well how valuable volunteers are to any organisation. Here’s what she had to say about all of the fantastic volunteers we are so lucky to work with at Kangaroos:

 “Our wonderful volunteers never cease to amaze us with the skills and positive attitude they bring to Kangaroos. Having been a volunteer myself, I recognise the commitment that is involved within the role. Volunteers give up their time to do something that they have a passion for and to help others, but for no financial gain.

“On the flip side, as one of our volunteers pointed out quite passionately on our private Facebook page, they gain so much more from volunteering at Kangaroos. There are many charities and organisations crying out for volunteers. If our volunteers didn’t like spending time with us then they wouldn’t hang around.

“The staff, members and supportive families make Kangaroos the place to be! Even throughout these difficult times, our volunteers have been on group Zoom calls, as well as contributing to our private Facebook page. They are great and we are very lucky to have each and every one of them.”

Why is volunteering important?

The estimated annual value of volunteers to charities across the UK is a staggering £22.6billion. We understand firsthand how valuable our volunteers are to our fundraising, to our operations and most of all, to our Members.

People get involved in volunteering in a variety of ways for a multitude of reasons. Last year the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) produced a report called ‘Time Well Spent’. NCVO is an organisation which champions the voluntary sector and believes that volunteering is essential for a better society. 

We couldn’t agree more. All of the volunteers at Kangaroos contribute in so many ways. They are a massive part of our community.

Thank you again – stand proud – you are AWESOME!