South Shropshire MP Philip Dunne is celebrating local charities and voluntary groups as part of Volunteers’ Week 2018, 1st-7th June.
From trustees or campaigners to carers and fundraisers, volunteers make a huge and unique contribution to their local community, and Volunteers’ Week is the perfect opportunity to thank them. 22% of the UK population volunteer formally once a month, and 37% volunteer formally once a year. There are over 166,000 voluntary organisations in the UK.
Mr Dunne said: “During Volunteers’ Week there is much to celebrate in South Shropshire, where volunteers play such a vital role: from the announcement of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for the Friendly Bus based in Broseley, to the 25th anniversary of Ludlow Assembly Rooms, opening of the Much Wenlock Festival, and much more besides.
So I pay tribute to anyone who gives up their time to give something back, whether at a local or national charity, community sports club, or community services.”
Almost 12 million people volunteer at least once a month in the UK. Fundraising and running events are the most popular volunteering activities, with sports organisations and groups, followed closely by hobby and social clubs, being the most popular places to volunteer.