As a not for profit savings and loans co-operative, our Credit Union relies on the support of dozens of volunteers, who help us deliver low cost financial services to our communities. That’s why we want to say thank you to volunteers everywhere this Volunteers’ Week.
Millions of people across the UK make a huge contribution to society by volunteering and Volunteers’ Week is an annual opportunity to say thank you. It goes without saying that, over the last 12 months or so, volunteers have played a key role in the coronavirus pandemic response.
During an exceptionally difficult year, people from all walks of life around the UK have taken the time to volunteer and make a huge difference to their communities – just as they do every year. So, this is the perfect opportunity for people to come together and thank all volunteers for their invaluable contribution.
At the Credit Union, our large team of volunteers is key to delivering low cost services to our members. The roles they carry out are enormously varied. When people call or email us it is most likely to be a volunteer who deals with their enquiry, but, as well as office duties, our volunteers have a wide range of roles, from membership of the board of directors to cleaning the office.
Although the Credit Union is not registered as a charity because it sells services, it is widely considered that our aims and objectives are broadly charitable and to deliver our low cost services to members, we rely on our volunteers.
Credit Union Chief Executive Martin Groombridge said: “Without our dedicated volunteers we simply could not continue to meet the needs of all those who are desperate to move away from borrowing and into financial stability. That’s why we’re pleased to support Volunteers’ Week, to raise awareness of the vital work done by volunteers everywhere and to say thank you.”
During Volunteers’ Week, which runs from 1 – 7 June, charities across the UK will be holding events to thank their volunteers and to celebrate the power of volunteering. For many charities, the week will be a chance to showcase the range of volunteering opportunities on offer. Volunteer fairs and other events will be encouraging people to try volunteering for the first time and helping people find out how, through volunteering, they can make a difference to a cause they are passionate about.