International volunteers day


Volunteers journey 

We’ve loved every minute of our journey



Olympic Games London sports 2012

To see thousands of people giving up their time for charity to support London 2012 has been truly Inspiring.  As a ceremonies 'Volunteer, you have made London 2012 stand out as much more than a sporting event, showing the best of best talent and creativity to the world. You and your fellow volunteers have been an essential ingredient in a remarkable summer that millions of people across the country have shared and will remember for a lifetime.

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Brooklands charity Volunteers Group picture

I want to thank you for personal contribution to what has been one of the most exciting and challenging years in the history of the museum.

The commitment, expertise, patience, and understanding shown by all volunteers, regardless of roles have once again been outstanding.

The transformation of our site by the Brook lands Aircraft Factory Project, which is set to be completed during the summer of 2017

Sports and Recreation Alliance

Join in with the largest celebration of volunteers in grassroots sport across the UK. The campaign led BBC Get Inspired and us showcases the enormous contribution of our 3.2 million sports volunteers to their local communities and all they do in helping build an active nation.

Why is a #BigThankYou so important?LOVE

Despite loving what they do and doing more, sports volunteers are far more likely than other volunteers to stop volunteering. A massive 32% stopped or reduced their volunteering compared with 17% of general volunteers. Volunteers need to feel valued for their contribution – despite the unpaid nature of what they do. Every volunteer deserves the recognition for the work they do for our clubs and groups.

So, whether it's a coach that helps build a player's confidence, an enthusiastic marshal who motivates someone to push a bit harder or the club secretary keeping the books balanced, please join in and make sure you say a big thank you to your volunteers – not just during the charity campaign, but throughout the year.

Get your club involved

During the month of December, grassroots sports clubs and physical activity groups up and down the country are encouraged to create 'special moments' for their volunteers from the #BigThankYou toolkit and share them on social media using the hashtag #BigThankYou. The toolkit includes a variety of resources to help you celebrate and share your volunteer appreciation through photos, events, stories and other creative and fun ways.

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