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Humankind celebrates Volunteer Week with a special event

A day to celebrate our volunteers

CEO to help mark Volunteers’ Week at a special event

Over 50 people, including Chief Executive Officer Paul Townsley, will be attending this year’s Humankind Volunteers’ Week event at Leeds Industrial Museum on Thursday.

Volunteer Development Manager Ann Hall said: “This is a great opportunity to bring together volunteers from across the organisation to share their successes and have some fun. There will be a printing workshop, mindfulness, lunch, workshops and a presentation of certificates.

“Right now, we have 120 volunteers across Humankind. This is a chance for our volunteers to gather together, reflect on their achievements over the last year and celebrate them together.”

Throughout last year, Humankind volunteers gave 15,356 hours of their time in supporting Humankind achieve its vision, mission and values. Thursday’s event will recognise their contribution to the organisation.

The day will also celebrate the successes of those volunteers who have now moved on into employment, training or education.

Ann added: “Around a third of Humankind’s volunteers have lived experience and a large number of those move into employment with the organisation. We are currently working on a pathway for people with lived-experience moving from service user to volunteer to employee.”

In a survey of volunteers leaving Humankind in the last year:

·       96% of leavers rated their volunteer experience with Humankind as positive

·       79% of leavers left due to gaining employment

·       63% of those roles were within Humankind (or our partners)

·       75% of volunteers who gained employment within Humankind or our partners gained employment in the same service that they had undertaken their volunteering placement

To find out more about  our volunteers, click the links below:

 Gavin's testimonial

Julie's testimonial

Graeme's testimonial

Lesley's testimonial