Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of volunteers and the work they do across the UK, taking place in 2020 from 1st – 7th June.
At British Blind Sport we have over 200 registered volunteers on the BBS database, who help us out with a variety of aspects across the organisation, including Events, Administration, Education and Training, Marcomms and Fundraising.
As well as these 200+ registered volunteers, we also have over 1000 registered guide runners on our Find a Guide database, in partnership with England Athletics, who give their time to guide visually impaired runners of all ages and abilities.
Our See My Voice project, which is our volunteering and leadership programme for young people aged 10 – 20, has logged over 2350 volunteering hours across 159 Young Leaders since the project began in January 2018.
Volunteers are the backbone of BBS; without them, we wouldn’t be able to continue to deliver the services that we pride ourselves upon. Our volunteers include trustees, sport section members, coaches, event staff, support staff and fundraisers, all of whom we want to send a heartfelt “thank you” to.
Whilst we are currently in the middle of the Coronavirus pandemic, with events being cancelled and social distancing measures making volunteering difficult, it is now more than ever that we learn to appreciate the selfless acts of volunteers across the UK and appreciate what they contribute to wider society.
Alaina MacGregor, CEO, said “We wanted to take this opportunity to thank you, our volunteers, for everything that you do to help this organisation achieve our goals and help people living with sight loss to have positive experiences in sport and physical activity. You are the life blood of the organisation and we wouldn’t be able to achieve what we do without you, so thank you so much.”
From Monday, across our social media, we will be celebrating volunteers from all parts of BBS, sharing their stories and recognising the invaluable nature of those who give up their own time for the benefit of others.
We can’t wait to welcome all our volunteers back to the BBS office and to events across the UK in the future, but in the meantime we hope they are all staying safe and well during this difficult time.