It is Volunteers’ Week – “a chance to say thank you for the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK”.
It gives us all an opportunity to reflect. If we manage volunteers, do we appreciate them enough? If we volunteer, do we do enough? If we don’t volunteer, could we consider it?
My own reflections tell me that I have been volunteering in a host of ways for over 45 years, non stop! From prison visiting to fundraising, from entertaining the elderly to helping in a youth club, from event organiser to trustee, I have worn a host of voluntary hats and found every one rewarding.
More vitally, it has given me a wealth of experience and knowledge that I otherwise would not have gained and has helped me to hone a number of skills that have proved useful in other ways.
I reckon I still clock up over a dozen hours a week on average volunteering in various ways, and still think that I could do more if only I could find the time. There is so much to be done.
So, let us not let this week pass us by. Let us celebrate volunteers loudly. If you volunteer, why not encourage others to consider it, too. If you don’t volunteer, it is never too late.