Volunteers' Week

Volunteers' Week is a fantastic opportunity for everyone at Macmillan to celebrate and say a huge thank you to our amazing volunteers.

About Volunteers' Week

This year's Volunteers' Week ran from 1 - 12 June, with an extra special extension so there's more time than ever before to celebrate. 

From cheering on our runners at events up and down the country, to providing practical and emotional support to people affected by cancer, Macmillan volunteers make a huge difference and we just couldn't do what we do without them. So, to all of our incredible volunteers, thank you for making your time matter!

I never cease to be inspired by everything our volunteers do.

Joelle, Volunteering Director at Macmillan

How did Macmillan celebrate Volunteers' Week?

  • We showcased some of our amazing volunteers on Facebook and Twitter by sharing their inspiring stories with you. You can follow these stories by searching #WeCelebrate.
  • Volunteer Managers organised various activities up and down the country to say thank you to volunteers.
  • There were ‘Appreciation Stations’ at our London and Shipley offices. Staff and visitors were able to add comments of appreciation as we raised awareness of the huge impact and value of volunteering.

Carers Week

This year Volunteers’ Week also coincided with Carers Week (6 – 12 June). Often, people who care for others don't identify themselves as carers, so if you'd like to find out more about who carers are, and what services Macmillan has that can help them, have a look at our new Learn Zone module – Supporting carers: a volunteer's toolkit.

Useful resources

Volunteers' Week 2016 logo. Text reads 1-12 June, Volunteers' Week - The Big Celebration'.

Volunteers' Week website

The official Volunteers' Week website contains more information about the UK's annual celebration of volunteers.

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Queen's Patron's lunch

This year's national, cross-charity theme for Volunteers' Week was 'The Big Celebration', as it coincided with the Queen's Patrons Lunch celebration. What a great way to end the celebrations.

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Connect with other volunteers

Share experiences and support each other on the Online Community's 'We give our time' forum.

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Discover a number of useful Macmillan resources, from information for people affected by cancer, to merchandise to help make your fundraising event superb.