Telford & Wrekin Council celebrates National Volunteer Week 2024

Telford & Wrekin Council is proud to celebrate National Volunteer Week 2024. Under the theme "something for everyone", this celebration aims to honour the diverse talents and passions of volunteers across the borough.

Published on: 3 June 2024
A picture of two women, smiling and one male facing backwards, wearing purple t-shirts, with the words volunteer wrote on the t-shirts.

National Volunteer Week holds a special significance this year as it marks its 40th anniversary. To commemorate this milestone and recognise the invaluable contributions of volunteers, Telford & Wrekin Council is joining communities nationwide in acknowledging the dedication of volunteers. 

Felicity Mercer, Telford & Wrekin Council Director for Communities, Customer and Commercial Services, expressed her enthusiasm for the week long celebration, stating:

"Volunteers are the backbone of our community, and their dedication plays a crucial role in making Telford & Wrekin a vibrant place to live. As we mark forty years of National Volunteer Week, it's essential to acknowledge and appreciate the selfless efforts of our volunteers." 

With over 2600 volunteers supporting Telford & Wrekin Council services and hundreds of other volunteer organisations supporting our borough, the impact of volunteers cannot be overstated. A recent Telford & Wrekin Council survey conducted with their volunteers’ revealed insightful statistics about their commitment and motivations: 

  • 88% of volunteers would recommend volunteering with Telford & Wrekin Council
  • 78% of volunteers contribute up to four hours per month, with 16% dedicating more than six hours a month
  • 75% of volunteers are motivated by giving back to their community or by pursuing a purposeful activity
  • 68% of volunteers had been volunteering for over two years, demonstrating high retention rates. 

Throughout the week, Telford & Wrekin Council will showcase the impact of their work in the community, including lighting up Southwater One purple as a mark of appreciation. 

The council aims to inspire others to join the volunteer movement and contribute to the borough's collective well-being. Visit the Volunteer Telford Website, for more information about volunteering opportunities in Telford and Wrekin.