News / June 11th, 2024

Reflecting on Volunteers Week 2024

This year was the 40th anniversary of Volunteers Week.  It is when we celebrate the amazing contributions our volunteers make.  It’s a chance to recognise, celebrate and thank our incredible volunteers for all they contribute to our organisation, their local communities, the voluntary sector, and society as a whole.

From open days to celebration events, every year hundreds of online and in-person activities take place across the UK to mark Volunteers’ Week and celebrate volunteers.  And here at Girlguiding Bedfordshire we are no exception.

This year Volunteers’ Week culminated in The Big Help Out, where people across the UK get the chance to experience a range of volunteer taster sessions.  The objective of The Big Help Out is to raise awareness of volunteering throughout the UK and provide opportunities for people to experience volunteering and make a difference in their communities.  Their strapline is ‘Lend A Hand’, a phrase well known for many of us, as it used to be the Brownie Guide Motto. However, with the introduction of the new programme, this motto was dropped.

This is just some of what we got up to during Volunteers’ Week 2024 ……. We

* attended volunteer fayres in Flitwick and Leighton Buzzard
* went litter picking in Luton
* attended the HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire‘s annual service of Thanksgiving and celebration of volunteering in Dunstable
* hosted an online ‘Welcome to Volunteering’ event

And of course so much more.

Sam, Dunstable Division Commissioner, said “It was a honour to be invited to the annual service of Thanksgiving and celebration of volunteering and to represent all our wonderful volunteers, not only across Dunstable Division, but across the county too.”

If you have been inspired by Volunteers Week this year, and are interested in joining us, please register your interest here.