Volunteers Week

Charity says ‘thank you’ to fantastic volunteers

Caudwell Children, the national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, is joining a host of organisations across the UK to champion a united response for Volunteers’ Week taking place from 1-7 June, 2020.  The week will see Volunteer Managers across the UK coming together to say a massive thank you to all volunteers.

Volunteers have played a vital role from the floods in the winter to helping the nation through the current pandemic. They will go on to play a role in helping people get back to the things that they love as the country eases out of lockdown. By joining forces in Volunteers Week 2020, the charity is aiming to increase visibility of the vital efforts that all volunteers have made this year.

Throughout the week, across the UK, organisations and charities will be showcasing the amazing contribution volunteers have made.  As a children’s disability charity Caudwell Children, will be joining in with others to recognise the support given to their cause by its volunteers.

Starting on Monday 1st June the themes and focus for each day of volunteers’ week are as follows:

  • Monday – Listening & Support
  • Tuesday – Health & Well-being
  • Wednesday – Fundraising to support service delivery
  • Thursday – COVID-19 response and informal community civic action
  • Friday – Nature & the Outdoors
  • Saturday – Arts & Culture
  • Sunday – Sport & Leisure

Volunteers at Caudwell Children have been highlighting their experiences and will be sharing some fantastic stories throughout the week.

Mike Armstrong is a sports physiotherapist and owner of M Strong Sports Rehabilitation in Stoke, and he has volunteered for Caudwell Children for several years, supporting fundraising events and travelling to Florida, to help families with terminally ill children enjoy a special family holiday to Disney World.

Mike said: “Volunteering with other like-minded people is a lot of fun but if you are lucky enough to see what happens with all the funds raised, nothing beats that overwhelming feeling you get when you see that child’s face and the family members with them, your heart grows.”    

Sherry Shehata, National Volunteer Manager at Caudwell Children, said: “Our volunteers are amazing and we value their support and contribution to our cause. 

“Without their commitment and enthusiasm we would not be able to deliver our service to the exceptional level we do. 

“We know that many are volunteering to support the consequences of COVID-19, this might be through organised volunteering or by stepping up informally to support their community.

“For others, it’s a challenging time as they are unable to volunteer in their much loved roles. Whether our volunteers are still active or currently taking a break we want to take this opportunity during Volunteers Week to send a big shout out and say thank you!”

You can find out more about volunteering for Caudwell Children here.