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Volunteers' Week 2022

Donations are an important part of keeping charities doing great work, but a lot of charities wouldn't be able to function without the generosity of people's time.

Volunteers' week is a chance to acknowledge and appreciate the people who give their time to help people, animals and many different causes.

Over the last few years we have seen the overwhelming power of people pulling together and volunteering in their local communities in the form of Mutual Aid. Covid-19 Mutual Aid UK was set up by a group of volunteers supporting local community groups organising mutual aid throughout the Covid-19 outbreak. The success of this shows the undeniable desire we have to help those in need. However, the number of people who volunteered their time at least once in the last year in 20/21 was down by 7% compared to the previous year according to the Community Life Survey.

Now that the world is somewhat returning to normal, we're experiencing a new form of challenge with the cost-of-living crisis. There are many more households in need and the demand on charitable organisations is stretched.

Volunteering is not only a great way to give back to your community and support those locally or globally who are in need, it’s also incredibly beneficial for your own well-being.

"One of the great ironies of life is this: He or she who serves almost always benefits more than he or she who is served.” - Gordon B. Hinckley

Why volunteer:

  • It’s a great way to meet new people
  • You can directly see the impact of your effort
  • It’ll help you learn more about your community or a cause
  • You’ll gain new skills and experience
  • The number of people volunteering has reduced

What volunteering looks like:

  • Supporting people in your local community with errands, or providing company for those who are lonely or isolated
  • Raising money or creating awareness for charities
  • Cleaning or improving local buildings/areas
  • Sharing your knowledge and experience through mentorship
  • Collecting and donating unwanted items
  • Arranging or supporting events and get-togethers

Where you can volunteer:

No matter where you are, or what you're interested in, you can find opportunities to volunteer your time. Check out

We've also collated links to find out how you can volunteer for one of the charities on Ripples:

Article updated on: 30th May, 2022

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