National Volunteers Week: Cause to Celebrate

At Top Wristbands we are staunch supporters of many charities across the UK and have worked hard to supply charity wristbands for fundraising purposes for many years. We have also been involved with a number of community events and sponsorship drives, all of which have been extremely enjoyable and rewarding. We were not surprised then to learn that in a recent survey by the Office for National Statistics volunteering was closely linked to greater overall life satisfaction, especially in the over 50’s.

Between 1st – 7th June the annual campaign for Volunteers Week will be held, celebrating the hard work and effort that millions of volunteers put in and contribute to various charities and good causes Nationwide every year.

power of volunteeringOne example of great volunteering work is the Coastguard Rescue Service which has just over 3500 members and provides emergency services for cliff or mud rescues and of course for missing people. They have helped countless tourists and locals over the years and many, many more and they are a valuable asset to the Coast line of Britain.

Another group of volunteers who may not get the credit they deserve are the Police Force Special Constables, who offer extra support to the front line Police Officers that are full time, working on special projects in the community, such as Anti-Social Behaviour operations and Community Focus groups.

volunteerThe nature of volunteering is quite a selfless act and we think that all volunteers deserve a special week to say thank you for their continued hard work.

  • 71% of adults in the UK volunteered at least once during 2012. This is an increase of 10% compared to 2011 which has turned the tide of the volunteering regression that started in 2005.
  • The most common activities undertaken by a regular volunteer were organising or running an event and taking part in sponsored events.
  • Groups that relate to sports or exercise are the most popular types for volunteers to get involved with.
  • 65% of volunteers say that they get satisfaction from ‘seeing results’.
  • 62% of volunteers start volunteering because they want to ‘help people’ or ‘make a difference’. Others state that they want to improve their career prospects, develop their skills and have fun.
  • 58% of volunteers say that work commitments are the biggest barrier to volunteering
  • 1 in 5 people over the age of 50 have volunteered at least once in the last 12 months with many of these associating volunteering with greater overall life satisfaction
  • Depression affects 1 in 5 people in the UK. For those people in rest homes this increases to 2 in 5.

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Thanks to the following organisations for the above statistics

http://timebank.org.uk/key-facts
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-official-statistics-show-resurgence-in-volunteering-as-millions-more-give-their-time-to-help-others
http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/wellbeing/measuring-national-well-being/older-people-and-leisure-time—2013/art-measuring-national-well-being-amount-of-leisure-time-and-volunteering.html

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