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Scroll down to find the following resources:

  • Downloadable window posters for individuals and groups
  • Downloadable social media assets to use in the run-up to Volunteers' Week on Facebook and Twitter
  • Downloadable social media assets to use during Volunteers' Week itself on Facebook and Twitter
  • Links to other resources 

 

What is Volunteers' Week?

Volunteers Week takes place 1-7 June every year in the UK. It's a chance to recognise the fantastic contribution volunteers make to our communities and say thank you. In England, it is led by NCVO (The National Council for Voluntary Organisations).  Volunteers’ Week is supported and celebrated by small grassroots organisations as well as larger, household-name charities, who together run hundreds of activities across the UK. These activities showcase and celebrate volunteers and the contribution volunteering makes in our communities.

The theme for this year, the 37th annual celebration, is ‘A Time to Say Thanks’ for the contribution millions of people make across the UK through volunteering, which is particularly relevant this year when so many people have given up their time to help respond to COVID-19.

 

What are we doing for Volunteers' Week 2021?

This year, Northumberland CVA and the county council’s Northumberland Communities Together response hub are working in partnership to help raise awareness of Volunteers’ Week 2021 and the opportunity it gives to celebrate volunteers across the county.

During an exceptionally difficult year, people from all walks of life around the UK have taken the time to volunteer and have made a huge difference to people and their communities – just as volunteers do every year. 

We’d like to encourage people to take the time to recognise the volunteers who have helped in their community during the last 12 months and to thank those who usually volunteer but have not been able to do so because of the pandemic.  Volunteers are always active at the heart of every UK community. 

The coronavirus 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 UK’s volunteers.  

Throughout the pandemic, our windows have become a place to display our thanks for the hard work and dedication of emergency responders.

During Volunteers’ Week 2021, we'd like to encourage people to give their thanks in the same way to the volunteers who have kept our communities going by delivering food parcels, collecting prescriptions or ferrying vulnerable people to hospital and GP appointments, as well as to all those volunteers who have given their time to making sure the vaccination programme operates well.

Below, you can download a window poster for your home or one for your community group, organisation or business. Please display them prominently where they'll be seen by the people who volunteer.  

 

You'll also find a range of social media assets you can use both in the run up to the celebration and during the week itself.

 

Window Posters

 

Window Poster for Homes            Wondow Poster for Groups

 

Download a 'Time to Say Thanks' window poster for your home.

 

 

 

Download a 'Time to Say Thanks' window poster for groups/businesses

 

 

 

Social media assets to use in the run up to Volunteers' Week 2021

 

FACEBOOK 

Facebook How will you say thanks            Facebook Window poster

 

Download FACEBOOK: 'How will you say thank you?' image 

 

 

 

 

Download FACEBOOK: 'Window Poster image' 

 

FACEBOOK Only 7 More Days   Facebook COVID Thank You

 

Download FACEBOOK: 'Only 7 More Days' image

Please only post on Tuesday 25th May

 

 

 

 

Download FACEBOOK: 'COVID Thank You' image

FACEBOOK Window Poster for groups    

 

Download FACEBOOK: 'Window Poster image for groups'

 

 

TWITTER

   
Twitter How will you say thanks   Twitter Window poster

 

Download TWITTER: 'How will you say thank you?' image

 

 

Download TWITTER: 'Window Poster image'

 

 

 TWITTER Only 7 More Days    Twitter COVID Thank You

 

Download TWITTER: 'Only 7 More Days' image

Please only tweet on Tuesday 25th May

 

 

Download TWITTER: 'COVID Thank You' image

 

 

TWITTER Window Poster for groups    

 

Download TWITTER: 'Window Poster for groups'

 

   

 

 

Social media assets to use during Volunteers' Week itself

 

Tuesday 1 June Volunteers Week 2021 launch             FACEBOOK Wednesday 2 June Power of Youth Day 1

 

Download FACEBOOK: 'Tuesday 1 June Volunteers' Week launch'

 

 

 

Download FACEBOOK 'Wednesday 2 June Power of Youth Day'

     
     
TWITTER Tuesday 1 June Volunteers Week 2021    TWITTER Wednesday 2 June Power of Youth Day

 

Download TWITTER: 'Tuesday 1 June Volunteers' Week launch'

 

 

Download TWITTER: 'Wednesday 2 June Power of Youth Day'

     
     

 

 

Links to other resources

 

You can find lots of other general resources on the Volunteers' Week website, including downloadable images you can use to make your own social media posts or posters to promote your own Volunteers' Week 2021 event  There are also specific Power of Youth Day resources available and tricks and tips on how to throw a Big Lunch with your charity, community group, council etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Northumberland CVA and the county council’s Northumberland Communities Together response hub are working in partnership to help raise awareness of Volunteers’ Week 2021 and the opportunity it gives to celebrate volunteers across the county.

Volunteers’ Week takes place between 1-7 June every year and is a time to recognise and thank volunteers. This year, Volunteers’ Week is also a time to recognise the contribution of volunteers to our communities during the coronavirus pandemic, many of whom had never volunteered before. 

During an exceptionally difficult year, people from all walks of life around the UK have taken the time to volunteer and have made a huge difference to people and their communities – just as volunteers do every year. 

We’d like to encourage people to take the time to recognise the volunteers who have helped in their community during the last 12 months and to thank those who usually volunteer but have not been able to do so because of the pandemic. 

Volunteers are always active at the heart of every UK community. 

The coronavirus 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 UK’s volunteers.  That is why, on this 37th annual #VolunteersWeek, which this year makes up part of the #MonthofCommunity, it’s time to say: thank you volunteers! 

Throughout the pandemic, our windows have become a place to display our thanks for the hard work and dedication of emergency responders.

Anne Lyall, CEO of Northumberland CVA, said, “During Volunteers’ Week, you can give your thanks in the same way to the volunteers who have kept our communities going by delivering food parcels, collecting prescriptions or ferrying vulnerable people to hospital and GP appointments, as well as to all those volunteers who have given their time to making sure the vaccination programme operates well.

“Whether you’re a resident, local business or community group, you can download one of our ‘Volunteers’ Week: Time to Say Thanks’ posters to display prominently in your window or on notice boards during the week 1 – 7 June. If you don’t have a colour printer, just email us or call us on 01670 858668 and we’ll send a poster to you.

“If you’re planning a celebration to thank the volunteers in your own communities, please let us know what you have planned and we’ll be happy to feature it on website and in our special Volunteers’ Week e-bulletins. Just email us at the same address and tell us what you have planned.”

 

  • Download a 'Time to Say Thanks poster' for your home (If you don't have a colour printer, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call us on 01670 858668 by Wednesday 26th May and we'll be happy to post one out to you)

     

  • Download a Time to Say Thanks poster for your community group, organisation or business (If you don't have a colour printer or you'd like us to personalise your poster in the same printed font, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us on 01670 858668 by Wednesday 26th May and we'll be happy to post one out to you)

 

You can also post your thanks on Facebook using the hashtag #VolunteersWeek and tagging in @NorthumberlandCVA and @NlandTogether, or you can send your stories about how you’ve been helped by volunteers to Northumberland CVA using the same email address and they’ll be posted on our website.

Volunteers’ Week is a national campaign that takes place 1-7 June annually. A huge range of partners and supporters across the UK help make Volunteers' Week a success each year. The week is led in partnership by NCVO, Volunteer Scotland, Volunteer Now (Northern Ireland) and Wales Council for Voluntary Action and supported by organisations across the UK.

 

 

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Northumberland CVA will be running a new series of six, 6-week courses to support individuals to develop important skills to help them find work.

Northumberland CVA has received funding from the Coalfields Generation Trust to deliver the new SkillsUNeed training that will help participants write the perfect CV, carry out effective job searches, complete engaging application forms and learn how to be successful at interview. The training will also help participants prepare for work and manage on a budget.

SkillsUNeed will run one day per week, between 9.30am-2.00pm, with the first course starting on the 22nd April 2020. The sessions will take place at Northumberland CVA’s offices, based at 107/109 Station Road, Ashington, NE63 8RS.

Northumberland CVA has over 20 years’ experience of running employability projects and providing support to individuals to help them develop the skills they need to move nearer to employment and increase their confidence and well-being.  

Anne Lyall, Northumberland CVA’s Chief Executive Officer said “We are very pleased to be working with the Coalfields Regeneration Trust once more. Our new SkillsUNeed project will enable us to provide more individuals with a range of useful skills that can make a real difference for them in finding and sustaining employment.”

If you would like to find out more about how we can help, please contact Liz on 01670 858688

 

 

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COVID-19 is having a detrimental effect on the total income of 71% of Northumberland charities, community groups and social enterprises, with 54% having less than six months of reserves left, finds a recent ‘COVID-19 Impact Survey’ carried out by Northumberland VCS Assembly.

During the COVID-19 crisis, the voluntary and community sector is never more needed as people across Northumberland rely on charities, community groups and social enterprises for essential support more now than they have ever done before. The unique role of the voluntary and community sector and the services it provides have proved to be invaluable during lockdown, and they will continue to be essential to help our communities heal and re-build as we recover.

Full recovery from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak will take a huge amount of effort. Unemployment and poverty figures are growing. Soaring demands for foodbanks, benefit and debt advice, domestic abuse services and counselling support are already putting enormous pressure on the not-for-profit providers of these services at a time when much of their income from fundraising and social trading has disappeared, forcing them to rely more and more on dwindling reserves.

The VCS Assembly, managed by Northumberland CVA – a charity that provides much needed support to voluntary and community groups across the county – is a firm supporter of the UK-wide #NeverMoreNeeded campaign, which urges government not to overlook or undervalue the voluntary and community sector when it is most needed.

Anne Lyall, CEO of Northumberland CVA said, “Throughout the pandemic, despite having had their income slashed, every charity and community organisation that has been able to continue working has responded swiftly to the crisis, with many new volunteer-led COVID-response groups setting up too.

“The sector has rapidly and effectively adapted service delivery to the restrictions of lockdown in order to reach out to those most vulnerable. But in continuing to support their community when most needed, many charities and community organisations have put their own survival at risk.

“The staff at Northumberland CVA have continued to work remotely throughout the lockdown to give support to charities, organisations groups and volunteers. We created an online searchable database of the support available in our communities, we expanded the information and resources available on our website, set up a Facebook page to link together Mutual Aid/Isolation Help Groups and community activists across Northumberland and we continued to issue our fortnightly e-bulletin to keep everyone up to date.”

Following publication of the impact survey, on behalf of its members the VCS Assembly has now written a response to the COVID-19 crisis in Northumberland and the county’s recovery planning which calls for a seat at the table during consideration of all recovery planning arrangements by the public sector as well as any future emergency planning.

Author of both reports and development officer for the VCS Assembly, Ann Atkinson said, “The public sector in Northumberland is going to be relying on the voluntary and community sector to deliver a number of services for them in the coming months and years but many organisations may not have survived the crisis to provide them. Our sector needs to be a part of future planning but it also needs additional support from government so it can be an effective partner in the recovery for coronavirus and in the future.”

Both reports are available on the Assembly’s website: www.vcsassemblynorthumberland.co.uk/news/information-centre. You can find out more about the #NeverMoreNeeded campaign at: https://nmn.org.uk/. Any charities or voluntary organisations in the county needing support can contact Northumberland CVA at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit: www.northumberlandcva.org.uk.  

Alnwick Castle is playing host to fifteen different funders at a countywide funding fair organised by Northumberland Community Voluntary Action.

On Thursday 5th March 2020; against the backdrop of the historic castle; local, regional and national funders will be attending to provide advice and support to community groups and charities in order to help them secure funding for projects, services and core costs.

Marc Johnson, Funding Officer at Northumberland CVA said, “This is a fantastic opportunity to speak directly to the funders about your project and the difference your organisation makes in your community. The funders are always interested in speaking to representatives from a range of different projects – from very small local activities to large countywide or regional projects.”

BBC Children in Need, National Lottery Community Fund and Greggs Foundation are amongst the 15 funders that will be available to talk directly to groups about applying for funding and how to have the best chance of submitting a successful application. The event is being supported by the Northumberland Estates through free use of the Guest Hall at Alnwick Castle and by providing catering. Northumberland Estates will also be promoting their own Community Fund on the day.

Attending this event can make a real difference to your organisation. After attending our Funding Fair in Hexham in October 2019, and armed with invaluable advice from funders, The Friends of Eastwoods Park were able to make successful bids that have brought in £93,000 in funding to support the development of their project in Prudhoe.

In addition to funders, the Northumberland VCS Support Services team will be available to advise groups on developing their projects, volunteering and other sources of funding.

Appointments with funders must be booked in advance and the booking deadline is 9am on Monday 24th February. To book your place, contact Northumberland Community Voluntary Action on 01670 858688; email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.northumberlandcva.org.uk.

 

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