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National Volunteers' Week: Thanking Those Who Help Others

03 June 2016
Leeway volunteers fundraising at Morrisons

Each year in the UK, 21 million people volunteer their time to local community projects and national organisations. It is estimated that their work contributes almost £24billion to the UK economy and over the twelve days of National Volunteers' Week we will be celebrating the difference they make.

First established in 1984, National Volunteers' Week recognises the hard work, dedication and contribution volunteers make to good causes locally, nationally and internationally. This year’s event has been extended by an additional five days, running from 1st June to 12th June, and sees charities up and down the country holding events to thank their volunteers. Just some of the planned events and activities include:

  • Vintage car rallies
  • Coffee mornings
  • Award ceremonies
  • Table top sales
  • Recruitment fairs

The conclusion of the celebrations will coincide with The Patron’s Lunch – a celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday. During her lifetime the Queen has acted as Patron to more than 600 charities and organisations, and local communities around the country are being encouraged to hold events and street parties to celebrate the occasion.

Celebrating Volunteers Picnic Event

Here in Norwich, we are excited to be joining in the celebrations. This Sunday, 5th June, you will be able to find us in Norwich Cathedral Cloisters as we take part in a ‘Celebrating Volunteers Picnic’. Everyone is welcome and you can arrive with your picnic from 11am. There will be lots going on, including:

  • A pop-up café
  • Stalls from more than 50 local causes
  • 15 minute ‘taster’ tours of the cathedral
  • Lots of entertainment

The event concludes with a special service to celebrate volunteering. It is an opportunity for us both to thank those volunteers who have helped us make a difference to people’s lives over the past 32 years and also to let others know about the benefits of volunteering with Leeway. We are delighted to have recently welcomed our new Volunteer Recruiter and Trainer, Chloe, and she will be on hand to discuss how you can get involved with the work we do.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our incredible volunteers who make much of the work we do possible. If you would like to find out how you can get involved with volunteering, please get in touch by calling 

0300 561 0077 or emailing

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