|Volunteers' dedication is an example to us all
||[Jun. 4th, 2009|12:00 pm]
Volunteers are society’s unsung heroes. They provide a lifeline to some of the most disadvantaged communities and contribute an estimated £22.7 billion to the economy. |
With over three quarters (73 per cent) of people volunteering at least once a year and a third of businesses offering volunteering opportunities to their staff, the importance of the role our volunteers play cannot be overstated.
As the recession continues, volunteering should be seen as an important pathway to employment to both kick-start careers and help people return to the job market. Volunteers can increase their employability by learning new skills and, crucially, they provide essential support to those communities most in need. By offering volunteering opportunities, the voluntary sector is well placed to help tackle the looming graduate job crisis and stem the country's spiralling unemployment levels.
NCVO is playing a crucial role by helping our members match the skills of volunteers to the needs of local communities. By working in partnership with our members, we are able to harness the skills, ambition and dynamism of volunteers to help build a fairer society.
And in Volunteers' Week, let’s not forget the key role that Trustees play in overseeing our charities and ensuring good governance. With around 1 million people volunteering their time to perform this vital function, NCVO provides support, training and information to help them and their organisations meet their strategic goals.
NCVO salutes the millions of volunteers who dedicate their time to transforming the lives of the some of the most vulnerable people in our society. Their tireless dedication to enriching the lives of others is an example to us all.