National Volunteers’ Week 2019 ran from June 1-7 and was a chance to say ‘thank you’ for the fantastic contributions that our volunteers make, and to highlight the importance of volunteering.
All across Moray organisations hosted events to celebrate their volunteers including The Big Lunch in Forres, Moray's Got Talent, the Royal Voluntary Service being thanked by the Princess Royal, local schools hosting special Saltire Award celebrations including Keith Grammar and Buckie High, Forres in Bloom were honoured with the Queen's Award for voluntary service, Moray Food Plus, Contact the Elderly, Moray School Bank, Elgin Youth Development Group, CLAN Cancer Support and the Health and Social Care Moray volunteer team all held special events and much more.
Here at tsiMORAY we shared some volunteer stories to highlight some of the different pathways into volunteering. We shared Lauren's Story, Fiona's Story, Cassie and Kirsty's Story, Meghan and Jennifer's Story and Stan's Story on our blog and were delighted with the response to them!
We gave out a tonne of 'Thank You' postcards, created especially for Volunteers' Week, and also created some special volunteer certificates for organisations including one for volunteers under the age of 12, who are often to young to enroll in the Saltire Awards scheme and be officially recognised for their contribution.
Lots of local volunteers and organisations took part in the national campaign to share the reasons why they volunteer. As part of this we asked our members to use a local hashtag #MorayVolunteers when sharing on social media so that we could get 'the Moray perspective' and we were truly touched by the responses like: 'ReBOOT is a second home' and 'I need to get out of the house sometimes'; some also made us laugh: 'I'm nosey!'.
We were really delighted to be connecting with local organisations and people via Facebook and Twitter and there was a real buzz around sharing all the posts we were tagged in.
We gathered all the #MorayVolunteers social media and online posts that were shared with us as part of the campaign and created a collection to evidence the impact volunteering is having and all the brilliant things that happened locally as part of Volunteers Week 2019.
Please have a look and get a glimpse into just how vibrant the volunteering scene in Moray truly is! You can view our Wakelet(a great way of collating online activity that you want to reflect on later) collection here