Volunteers Week

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Today is the start of National Volunteer’s Week (1st – 7th June) and Notitngham City Council have launched the #NottinghamStar campaign which aims to recognise and celebrate the efforts of Nottingham’s volunteers, charities and community/voluntary groups in response to COVID-19.

Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration which takes place from 1-7 June to honour the contributions millions of people make across the UK through volunteering.

This year, Nottingham Community and Voluntary Service (NCVS) and Nottingham City Council have joined forces to set-up the #NottinghamStar campaign. The campaign has been designed to shine a spotlight on the kindness and generosity which individuals and groups have shown to people during the pandemic – and give those that have been supported the chance to say thanks.

As part of the campaign the four images below have been created. People are being encouraged to download and send their favourite image by email, WhatsApp or other social media to a #NottinghamStar they would like to thank for making a positive difference to their lives.  People can also get involved by sharing the campaign’s imagery on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, tagging the person they’d like to thank and using the hashtag #NottinghamStar.

The #NottinghamStar could be a neighbour, friend, family member or volunteer who has stepped in to help by picking up a prescription or making up a care package for someone who is self-isolating or it could be a local community group or charity that has provided a regular food delivery or donated essential supplies to a keyworker.  It could be anyone who has made a difference and helped others during difficult times.

Jules Sebelin, Deputy CEO and Head of Development, at NCVS, said, “The COVID-19 pandemic has had a big impact on us all, but what has been a shining light in the darkness is the amazing efforts of individuals and groups who have provided a lifeline to the most vulnerable people in our communities at this unprecedented time.

“They are all stars and this Volunteers’ Week we felt it was important to say thank you to them. We hope the #NottinghamStar campaign will help raise the profile of all those amazing people who have selflessly supported their community at this difficult time and give others, who have benefitted from their support, a great way to express their gratitude.”

As part of the campaign, Nottingham City Council will be releasing a thank you video on social media from Councillor Rebecca Langton, Portfolio Holder for Communities. Councillor Rebecca Langton, said, “For many people it’s been at least 10 weeks since they started shielding. We can’t underestimate how hard that has been for people, especially if they live alone or have no friends and family to help.

“In the face of this hardship, the way Nottingham community groups and individuals have rallied to help has been formidable. We have seen a much welcomed return of community spirit and neighbourliness as people have gone the extra mile to look after each other.

“Whether you’ve stepped up to support a family member, a neighbour, or you’ve formally volunteered or been a part of the efforts of community and faith groups, we just want to say a huge thank you to every #NottinghamStar who has worked to help others.”

To get involved:

  • Choose your favourite image (attached) or download it then send it privately by email or WhatsApp to the person you’d like to thank.
  • Download your favourite image above and share it publicly on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Don’t forget to tag the person you want to thank and use the #NottinghamStar hashtag in your post!

Thanks to Nottingham artists Helena Tyce and Sue Pearson for their #NottinghamStar artwork:

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