On Saturday (5th December 2020) our team are helping to celebrate International Volunteers day. International Volunteers Day is an international observance that was mandated by the United Nations General Assembly in 1985. The day is an opportunity for us all to promote volunteerism, encourage everyone to support volunteer efforts and recognise volunteer contributions. After all, this year has been very challenging for all of us in a multitude of ways. Thousands of volunteers across the UK have been at the forefront of medical, community and societal responses to the pandemic. They should be applauded at every opportunity, giving up their valuable time to help others.
So, why do people volunteer? There are many reasons, but here are a few:
- Give something back to the community
- Make a difference to the people around us
- Learn new skills
- Meet new people and build friendships
- Build on existing knowledge and experience
- Become part of a team and feel valued
- Gain confidence and increase self-esteem
- Spend time away from a busy lifestyle or the working environment
- Opportunity to socialise
- Find new employment by enhancing employment prospects eg improving CV’s
The RNLI relies on 35,000 dedicated volunteers (making up 95% of their total strength) and the HM Coastguard indicate that they have 3,500 Coastguard Rescue Officers who are highly trained in missing person searching, first aid, water, mud and cliff rescue.
RNLI and HM Coastguard Teams have been busier than ever during 2020
RNLI and HM Coastguard Rescue Teams have been on-call throughout the pandemic providing round-the-clock search and rescue cover with an increasing number of call-outs to persons needing help and assistance due largely to an increase in people enjoying ‘staycations’ and days out at the coast. The RNLI have described the 2020 season as one like no other.
So, let’s get behind all those volunteers out there who freely volunteer their time and say a big thank you for everything they do and continue to do. Whenever you next meet a volunteer just say ‘thank you’. If you are a volunteer yourself, thank your colleagues and the team it will make all the difference!
Stay safe out there and thank you for reading.
How to stay safe during the pandemic
If you are out and about in your communities please help to stay safe by heeding the government advice for the particular tier or country which you are residing, visiting or working in.
Royal National Lifeboat Institution
National Council for Voluntary Organisations