It’s National Volunteers’ Week – could you make a difference?

28 May 2021

From 1st to 7th June events will be taking place across the country to mark Volunteers’ Week, the annual campaign established in 1984, that recognises the contribution volunteers make to our communities every day.

Volunteers’ Week 2021 is also the perfect time to say thank you to the thousands of volunteers across Hampshire who have played a key role in the pandemic response. “During an exceptionally difficult year, people from all walks of life around the UK have taken the time to volunteer and make a huge difference to their communities – just as they do every year. This is a time for us to come together and thank all volunteers for their invaluable contribution.” NCVO 

Community First’s Volunteer Service helps to promote hundreds of opportunities on behalf of charities and community groups across the New Forest, East Hampshire, Havant, Fareham and Winchester. During the pandemic they have also help recruit, mobilise and support thousands of volunteers to carry out much needed services within their communities including shopping, transport and befriending.

Tim Houghton, Community First CEO says that “Volunteers are the lifeblood of our communities. We’ve seen an amazing response and real desire for local people to help those in need across Hampshire during the last year. Volunteers’ Week is an opportunity to celebrate and to say thank you but also to maintain the momentum and make sure volunteering is accessible and open to all. A few minutes a day or a few hours a week can make all the difference to someone and best of all it’s free

The service also helps those who are looking to volunteer to find the perfect placement on their doorstep. For more information why not check out the hundreds of local roles on our website at or by emailing

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