This week is national Volunteers Week; a time for us and hundreds of other organisations to thank volunteers for their contribution and to recognise their invaluable work.
The estimated annual value of volunteers helping UK charities is £22.6bn. In 2017/18, 20.1 million (38%) people in the UK volunteered formally at least once a year and 11.8 million (22%) of people did so at least once a month.
As well as helping others, volunteering is proven to improve volunteers' lives too - 46% of people said that they volunteer to improve things and help others. Volunteers can gain new skills, training, new friends, a sense of community or fulfilment.
With this in mind, to celebrate Volunteers Week and showcase the important work of volunteers, we’re asking volunteers in Leeds to share their stories on Twitter and Facebook by telling us what they give to help others and what they gain from their volunteering experience with #GiveandGain.
Whether you volunteer an hour a month, three days a week or your skills or resources to help others, we want to hear your story, and how volunteering has impacted your own life – whether it’s been.
How to share your experience of volunteering:
To get involved and tell us what you give and gain, simply send a selfie, picture or short video of what you do, the people you work with or volunteering in action on either Twitter or Facebook, with a sentence explaining what you give and what you gain.
On Twitter, tag @VolActionLeeds with #GiveandGain #VolunteersWeek and on Facebook share your stories to our page @VoluntaryActionLeeds.
Find out how you can volunteer and the current volunteering roles available across the city at our Volunteer Centre https://doinggoodleeds.org.uk/i-want-to-volunteer/.