“Not our usual celebrations, but we are more thankful than ever” 

Volunteers’ Week feels a little different this year. We would usually get together in-person, for a celebration of everything you, our volunteers, do for Leeds Mind. But over the last couple of months, we have not been able to see you as we usually do, and we can’t hold the face-to-face festivities as we would like.  

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), the organisation that supports the voluntary and community sector and which runs Volunteers’ Week, has taken the decision to cancel many of its Volunteers’ Week plans for this year. It is currently supporting volunteers in taking on coronavirus-related roles, and has rightly chosen to focus its resources on that. 

However, to our mind, there is even more reason than usual to thank you this year. Not only have you continued to keep in touch and support us as a charity, but you’ve also persevered during uncertainty. Ive been so impressed with how the whole team at Leeds Mind – including volunteers – has adapted and endured under the trials of the last couple of months.  

This year, we’re having a virtual coffee morning via Zoom. Emily Jayes (Volunteer Co-ordinator) will be facilitating, I’ll be popping in to say hello, and some volunteer supervisors will be there too. It will just be a relaxed chat about your volunteering experience – but mainly just an opportunity to reconnect and say thank you! You’ll also see lots of content across social media, so be sure to find that on our channels (TwitterFacebook and Instagram) 

So this year’s won’t be our usual celebrations, but we are more thankful than ever. I’m using Volunteers Week to show my gratitude for everything you’ve done in the past, and hopefully will do for us in the future. I look forward to seeing you at some of our online celebrations, and I’m eagerly anticipating the time we can welcome you back in person as part of the Leeds Mind team.  

— Helen Kemp, Chief Exec of Leeds Mind