Volunteers’ Week 1st – 7th June 2020: Express Gratitude
Volunteer Glasgow hopes that you are all staying safe and healthy during these unprecedented times. Despite the challenging circumstances, the last few weeks have passed very quickly and, as you will hopefully be aware, national Volunteers’ Week is fast approaching – it takes place from 1st – 7th June.
Due to circumstances, this year’s event will look very different from last year and rather than a celebration event, the focus will be on saying thank you to the hundreds of volunteers who have given up their time to help throughout the past 12 months. In recent weeks, Volunteer Glasgow has been fielding an unprecedented number of enquiries from people across Glasgow who have been offering their time to help during the COVID 19 crisis, and the response from individuals has been inspiring and demonstrates the resilience and generosity of the people of Glasgow. Hopefully we will look back on this period and remember that this was one of the positives. In the meantime, Volunteers’ Week provides an opportunity to thank everybody who has given up their time – before COVID 19 and during the crisis itself.
As part of our social media campaign that will run alongside this year’s event, we thought it would be nice to showcase some examples of the good work that has taken place and provide an opportunity for:
- Volunteer involving organisations to say thank you to their volunteers via a short video message;
- Volunteers to share their experiences of volunteering – what they do and what it means to them – if you have any volunteers who might be up for creating a short video clip of themselves chatting about their volunteering, please encourage and support them to do so.
- We have created a folder on our google drive where you can upload videos, pictures and stories: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1hrOe5TGqO2I9U0sjZjeUbD92s6BFaWk4?usp=sharing
- We request that any submissions are made by 5pm on Thursday 28th May.
The video clip doesn’t need to be anything complicated:
- It only needs to be around 30 seconds (longer is fine if you need to get a lot off your chest 😉)
- If you are a volunteer, please introduce yourself e.g. “Hi, my name is Emma, I am a member of Volunteer Glasgow’s Welcome Team”, or something to that affect;
- Tell us a little about how you got started and/ or how long you have been volunteering in this role
- Tell us about your volunteering e.g. what does your roles involve? What do you get out of it/ what do you enjoy about your role/ how has it helped you?
- You can include anything else you think is interesting or relevant
- Anybody who prefers not to speak on camera but would like to share their experience, can, instead, send us a selfie (or a picture taken by a friend or family member) along with their story. We can type up their words and post on social media along with the photo. You can use the following hashtags if you are promoting on your own social media: #VolunteersWeekScot and #PeopleMakeGlasgow.
- If you are an organisation, feel free to use one of the following templates for your clip:“Hello, I’m Emma from Volunteer Glasgow and I would like to take a few seconds during Volunteers’ Week to thank all the wonderful volunteers who have been so instrumental in enabling us to provide the services to all our service users over the past year. Without their input and dedication we would not be able to provide the valuable support that so many people need”.Or, “Hello, I’m [NAME] from [YOUR ORGANISATION] and once again it’s Volunteers Week and I just want to take this opportunity to say thank you to all of the Volunteers who have been so vital in helping us provide support to the Homeless/disabled/elderly people of Glasgow over the past year. Their commitment and enthusiasm has meant we can provide the support so many people require, this has never been more so than during the current crisis, so Thank You all”.
I appreciate that most people don’t relish the prospect of talking about themselves in front of a camera however it would be marvellous to be able to share these stories at a time when people really need to hear something positive.
If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org or another member of the team. For more info about Volunteers’ Week 2020, please click here.
We look forward to seeing your videos!
Everybody at Volunteer Glasgow