Volunteers' Week 2021: How to say a big thanks

Volunteers’ Week runs from 1-7 June. Say thanks and help raise awareness of why volunteering for Healthwatch matters.
Volunteer talking to two members of the public

Volunteers make a huge difference to our work and we could not do what we do without them.

Volunteers’ Week provides a great opportunity for us to say thanks for all they do and to help encourage more people to give up their time to Healthwatch.

To help recognise all our volunteers and show just how valued and important they are, during volunteer week we are encouraging:

  • Healthwatch staff to say thanks
  • Healthwatch volunteers to share what they get from volunteering

How to take part

Just share a short video, audio clip or message on social media using the #VolunteersWeek. Don’t forget to tag us in the message (@HealthwatchE) so we can share it.

How to get volunteers involved

Ask your volunteers ‘What makes you want to volunteer for Healthwatch?’.

Encourage them to film, record, or write their answer and share it on social media using the hashtag #VolunteersWeek.  Again, make sure to tag Healthwatch England (@HealthwatchE) so we can see it.

As all Volunteers’ Week days are themed, on 2 June, you could focus on celebrating your young volunteers and reaching out to other young people to join Healthwatch.

Top tips for recording a video on mobile:

  • Use airplane mode so you’re not interrupted by calls, messages or alerts.
  • Make sure you have enough storage space before you start recording.
  • Lock your focus in place by tapping and holding the screen where you want the focus to be.
  • Where possible use both hands, a selfie stick or a portable tripod.
  • Move closer for a better image quality, rather than using the zoom.
  • Use headphones or move closer to the mobile for better sound quality.
  • Record in a location where there is as much light as possible.
  • Wipe your camera lens with a clean cloth to avoid marks on your video.
  • For inspiration take a look at these videos from Healthwatch Leeds and Healthwatch Cambridgeshire.

Other ideas for how to thank your volunteers remotely

  • Send thank you cards. You can download one from NCVO or create your own.
  • Host a digital coffee morning or run a quiz.
  • Ask them to send you photos of what they have been doing since some of the restrictions have been lifted, or their other volunteering activities or a short video showing different volunteers experiences of staying at home.
  • If you’re stuck for ideas, why not ask them how they’d like to be thanked during Volunteers’ Week. You could also use it as an opportunity to ask if there are other ways they would like to be involved or supported by Healthwatch. Find out more in our guidance How to Manage Volunteers Remotely.

Volunteers’ Week Resources

Have a look at the Volunteers Week website where you’ll find resources including a Comms pack.

Further support

Want to talk to someone about Volunteers’ Week? Join our Workplace group or get in touch with me, at Alvin.Kinch@healthwatch.co.uk.

We are also running the Volunteer Masterclass on Tuesday 18 May on Reward and Recognitions and you may find some ideas there.
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