Volunteers’ Week takes place from 01 – 07 June each year and is a chance to say thank you for the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK.

This year, Volunteers’ Week is about volunteering for all – celebrating the huge range of people who give their time in so many ways. At Carers Leeds we are fortunate to have a brilliant team of volunteers who generously give their time to help us support more unpaid carers in Leeds. We would like to thank every single person for the time they give to help our service run smoothly. Thank you to every reception volunteer, trustee, newsletter stuffer, events volunteer, befriender and admin volunteer.

We asked the Carers Leeds staff team if they’d like to share a message with our volunteers. Here are some of their comments:

Every volunteer brings something very special to Carers Leeds. In every role they bring a dedication and commitment to what they do and to the organisation and as CEO I can ask for no more. I am hugely proud of our volunteers and can never thank them enough for their unique contributions. I never underestimate just how much they bring and how vital their work here is. Thank you.

What I love about Carers Leeds volunteers is their dedication, kindness and willingness to go the extra mile for our organisation and the carers we support.  Our organisation is a better place for having volunteers.  The support and help we receive from our volunteers is always greatly appreciated and valued.  A big THANK YOU to you all.

The fact that such lovely people give up their time to support others is an inspiration to us all. I’m sure we’d all agree that there isn’t enough kindness in the world, but here at Carers Leeds, our Volunteers are bursting with it! A huge thank you from me – you make the day that little bit brighter!

Having volunteers on reception is invaluable. Coming to a new service can be daunting for some people and I know that having a happy, smiling face to greet them and make them feel comfortable really makes a difference.

To say that volunteers enrich the Carers Leeds service is an understatement.  We could not offer the kind of service to carers that we want to offer without volunteers being involved.  Volunteers often have a deep understanding of the caring experience and this is valued by the carers that want our support.

All of the volunteers that I have contact with, are friendly approachable and dedicated to their role. I always have complete confidence, that when I am on Advice line, that the shift will run smoothly with the volunteer who is working that day. 

Volunteers are truly amazing. They support the service in many ways showing kindness, compassion, empathy and humour.   Thank you so much for all that you do.

Each year, we also ask our volunteers what they think about their role with Carers Leeds. Here are the results of the 2018 volunteer satisfaction survey. We’re delighted that 100% of our volunteers feel appreciated for the work that they do.

Happy volunteers week!

Valerie Banks
Volunteer Coordinator