Volunteers’ Week 2021

June 1st 2021

The first week of June has been Volunteers' Week for the last 36 years and on this the 37th year it is a time to showcase and celebrate volunteers and the contribution volunteering makes in our communities.

The gardening and heritage sectors are particularly supported by the help of volunteers, for example the National Trust (in 2019/2020) had the support of over 53,000 volunteers who gave more than 5 million hours of their time.

Sarah Vibert, interim chief executive at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), which coordinates Volunteers’ Week in England, said:

Volunteers’ Week is about recognising all of those who have continued delivering vital work as volunteers over the past 12 months, acknowledging the huge number of first-time volunteers in communities around the country, and also saying thank you to all those who usually volunteer but have not been able to because of the pandemic.

Volunteers are always working at the heart of every UK community. It is hard to overstate the incredible impact they have made during an incredibly challenging year. The pandemic has rightly raised the profile of volunteering and more people than ever are aware of the immense contribution being made every single day by the amazing volunteers across the UK. We must ensure this recognition continues. That is why, on this 37th annual Volunteers’ Week, it’s time to say: thank you volunteers!

Volunteers’ Week runs from:

1st - 7th June, 2021


To coincide with World Environment Day, NCVO are focusing on all the environmental volunteering that takes place every day.

For more information on how to get involved and resources, please visit:


Gardening/heritage sector specific: