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It's Volunteering Week 2018!

1st – 7th June 2018

Did you know that volunteers produce approximately £24 billion of economic output per year, almost as much value as the telecoms or insurance industry?[1] 

And that's just for "formal" volunteers, those who do unpaid work for groups, clubs or charities.  If we take into account "informal" volunteers, those who take an older relative to do the shopping or pick up a prescription for their housebound neighbour, the economic value of volunteering could exceed £50 billion a year – as big as the energy sector.[2]

That's just one reason why we think volunteers deserve celebrating!

Volunteering week has been running for almost 35 years.  It was set up to recognise the difference they make to their local community, in addition to the valuable contribution they make to the UK economy.  In 2018 the theme for Volunteers Week is 'Volunteering for All' to celebrate the fact that volunteers can, and do, come from all communities and walks of life, carrying out a diverse range of roles. The theme is also designed to help organisations think about how they can successfully open up volunteering opportunities to all and increase diversity in their volunteer base and trustees.

At NHS Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) we already have a wonderful bank of volunteers from the many different communities across Croydon who support us to make decisions about the health services we provide.

If you want to volunteer with the CCG and make a difference to local health services, contact the Engagement Team at croydon-getinvolved@swlondon.nhs.uk

 

 

 



[1] https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/-/media/boe/files/speech/2014/in-giving-how-much-do-we-receive-the-social-value-of-volunteering.pdf

[2] https://www.theguardian.com/business/economics-blog/2014/dec/21/volunteering-economic-value-wellbeing-austerity