We are celebrating Volunteering Week with the rest of the UK between 1st – 7th June and will be ensuring ensure that volunteers across the area know how much they are valued, while at the same time highlighting the joy of volunteering to the wider public.

To do this we will be sharing videos from volunteers on why they love volunteering and encouraging volunteer host organisations (who are part of the Hull CVS Volunteer Managers and Coordinators Network) to share why they value their volunteers across social media using the hashtag #ThankyouHullVolunteers.

Matt Wright, Head of Community Development said:

“The contribution of volunteers to Hull is huge. They help organisation to deliver vital services that otherwise may not be available to our communities. As the lead for the Hull Volunteer Centre I am amazed every day at the dedication they show to the causes they support and the personal pleasure they get from doing good.

“It is vital that each and every one of us remembers there hardwork and dedication shown by these community champions and say a huge Thank You!”

We are mindful that the focus will be on Jubilee Celebration events between 1st – 5th June (remember to thank the organisers and stewards if they organised the events as volunteers) and are holding our face to face volunteer events the following week.

We will be hosting a coffee and cake drop-in for the public at the Volunteer Centre at The Strand, Beverley Road Hull between 1pm – 3pm on Monday 6th June. At the drop-in members of the public can chat with our dedicated advisors about the volunteer opportunities available in Hull and how to apply over an informal cuppa and a piece of cake.

On Tuesday 7th June between 10am-2pm we have agreed to hold a Volunteer Fayre at St Stephens Shopping Centre in Hull City Centre. We will be in attendance with a host of organisations who will be promoting their volunteer opportunities. Organisations in attendance include: Hull and East Riding RSPCA, Age Uk Hull, Mesmac, Humbercare, ReUniform, Citizens Advice Hull and East Riding, Healthwatch Hull, Alzheimer’s Society, Red Cross and CHCP.

Matt Wright added:

“People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons. For some it offers the chance to give something back to the community or make a difference to the people around them. For others it provides an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge. Regardless of the motivation, what unites them all is that they find it both challenging and rewarding.

“At the Volunteer Centre we can provide a range of information and support to perspective volunteers and advise hundreds of people each year, supporting them into interesting and rewarding volunteering opportunities. I hope that the events during volunteer week will support many more people into their dream volunteer role.”

The Volunteer Centre is open between 9am and 4pm Monday to Friday (except bank holidays). With dedicated advisors available to offer one to one support on:

  • Monday 1pm – 4pm
  • Wednesday 9am – 12 noon
  • Friday 9am – 12 noon

Outside these hours people can pop-in and fill-in a volunteer application forms and view volunteer opportunity literature. Detail of voluntary opportunities and an e-application form are available on the Hull CVS website – https://hullcvs.org.uk/community-projects/volunteer-centre/. Alternatively you can find out more about volunteering by emailing enquiries@hull-cvs.co.uk or calling 01482 324474.

In addition, to supporting the public we help voluntary and community organisations who involve volunteers; and local businesses that engage their employees in team building volunteering.