This week is National Volunteers' Week 2013

 Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK – and it’s taking place from the 1-7 June 2013. Every year, over 20 million people across England and the UK volunteer, donating more than 100 million hours to their communities every week. It has been estimated that the economic value of this activity is worth in excess of £40 billion to our economy.

  

For the RSPB 2013 is a big year of change and while we are taking the RSPB forward to bigger and better things, our 17,200+ volunteers nationwide are already helping us give nature a home. They volunteer over 1 Million hours, or put another way, that’s equivalent to an extra 629 full time staff working for us!

 Volunteers work in all areas and at all levels of the Society including Council which is made up entirely of volunteers. From the more traditional conservation work party volunteers and our office based volunteers through to the brand new areas of internships, people volunteering their ‘professional’ skills eg lawyers, organisational secondments to the ever growing ‘micro’ volunteering where you can volunteer via your mobile phone and even in your pyjamas! Volunteering is growing and changing to match a world where individuals expect to make a difference to the organisation they volunteer with. We are hugely proud of all our volunteers!

 We want to say a very big thank you – you definitely deserve it.

You can find more information about Volunteering with the RSPB at www.rspb.org.uk/volunteering   

Have a fantastic Volunteers’ Week.

Rhoda

Volunteering Development Coordinator