National Volunteers’ Week is a chance to celebrate the effort volunteers give and the difference they make, so this month we marked the occasion with a party for guardians and some of the charities they help.
Celebrating with our guardians and charity partners proved something that has been clear ever since Dot Dot Dot was launched eight years ago: that there are two things we don’t need to do to support and encourage volunteering, as well as one big thing we do need to do. First, we don’t need to make people do volunteering they don’t care about – there are vast numbers of people across the country who really want to roll up their sleeves to help good causes. And second, we don’t need to create new opportunities to volunteer – there are already great organisations harnessing volunteers’ skills and enthusiasm to make a real difference, and making it worthwhile for the volunteers in the process.
But what we do need to do is make life a bit easier for people who want to help, but who are held back by poor housing and the high cost of living. We’re really proud to have spent the past eight years getting empty buildings into use to provide good homes, and in the process supporting our guardians to give 213,197 hours to charitable causes. The guardians put in the effort, and the charities provided the opportunities, but we hope we’ve made things a bit easier all round.
All the best,
Katharine and the Dot Dot Dot team