Do your bit and get involved in this National Volunteers Week

National Volunteers Week runs each year to celebrate the work each and every volunteer does but this year the week has been extended to enable more time for the celebrations.

Each year over 21 million Britons volunteer in the week, a figure which adds an estimated 23.9 billion to the UK economy.

The week aims to encourage new people to become part of the volunteering community, while celebrating the long service and commitment of current volunteers.

From June 1 to 12, charities up and down the country will take part in honouring their volunteers with a series of events while encouraging others to take up volunteering.

The end of the celebrations will coincide with the Patrons Lunch, an event to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday and her service to hundreds of charities.

Local volunteers Helen and Jean have given years of service to multiple charities and are full of praise and encouragement about volunteering, describing it in an interview as a “satisfying job to do” and “something definitely to do if you have the spare time”.

For more information on how you can get involved, how you can find local charities looking for more volunteers or just general information on how we can all celebrate the hard work volunteers do, visit the National Volunteers website.

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