Volunteers Week 2020

Volunteers Week is a national annual event to recognise the contribution of volunteers across the UK. Due to the Coronavirus lockdown, this year's Volunteers Week will be done differently. This year's theme is Time for Thanks.

This year we’ve had to think differently about how we recognise both our own volunteers and those people who are giving up their time across Leicester and Leicestershire to support their communities.

Volunteers Week activities

Throughout the week we will share volunteer stories from ourselves and our partners to highlight and show our gratitude for some of the people doing amazing things to help others.


We will be launching a Twitter Q&A on all things volunteering – ask us any questions on Twitter using the hashtag #askVAL.


Network and Learn Session

This session will take place over Zoom, from 10:00am to 12:00pm and is aimed at volunteer-involving organisations who want to learn and share best practice. Dave Andrews, Deputy Lieutenant of Leicestershire, will be speaking at the session. Book your place


Internal training and celebration of VAL’s own volunteers, with personal thanks from VAL’s senior management and Chair of the trustee board.


Training – Managing Remote Volunteers

This Zoom webinar takes place between 10:00am and 12:00pm, with Dave Cliffe and Anna Barrow from our Volunteering team and the Work.Live.Leicestershire project: Book your place


Twitter Q&A – throughout the day we’ll be answering any questions people have sent us relating to volunteering, using the hashtag #askVAL.


We will be sharing data, insights, research and statistics about volunteering.


On Sunday we will be revealing a special video to thank volunteers across the city and county for everything they’ve done during the COVID-19 crisis.

Get involved in volunteering

If you’re inspired to get involved in volunteering, you can find out more on our VAL Volunteering website.

If you’re a voluntary, community or social enterprise organisation who wants more support with recruiting or managing volunteers, you can get in touch with us via:

0116 257 5050