Volunteers’ Week 2022 from 1st to 7th June is a time to say thanks. It goes without saying that volunteers have played a key role in the pandemic response. During an exceptionally difficult couple of years, people from all walks of life have taken the time to volunteer and make a huge difference to their communities – just as they do every year.

Our celebration and thank you takes place in Kingsbridge on Tuesday 7 June. KASC and South Hams CVS invites you to join us under the Bandstand from 9am-12noon and in the Library from 10-11.30am for coffee and cake (free to new and existing volunteers).

We want to thank you. It will be market day so hopefully quite busy, and we will be buoyed up by Jubilee celebrations.

This 38th annual Volunteers’ Week is taking place during the #MonthofCommunity. Nationally and locally this is to recognise all of those who have continued delivering vital work as volunteers and also all those who usually volunteer but have not been able to because of the pandemic. Volunteers are always active in the heart of our community, they are behind many of the services we all rely on. During the worst of the pandemic, so many volunteered online from home, others in person with a local charity or organisation delivering meals, shopping, collecting prescriptions, keeping an eye out for neighbours. Their crucial contribution did not stop, and despite the uncertain times we find ourselves in, it will continue as an important part of the nation’s recovery.

The contribution of volunteers is often unseen and unrecognised by many, visible only through the incredible impact of their volunteering. However, the coronavirus pandemic has rightly raised the profile of volunteering and more people than ever are aware of the immense contribution being made every single day by Britain’s volunteers.