Volunteers’ Week takes place between 1-7 June every year and is a time to recognise and thank volunteers. During an exceptionally difficult year, people from all walks of life around the UK have taken the time to volunteer and made a huge difference to people and their communities – just as they do every year.
Take a look at the Volunteers' Week edition of "Inform" here
Watch BBC's Lucy Owen as she says "thank you" to all Merthyr Tydfil's volunteers
Watch the Youth Mayor of Merthyr Tydfil, Andrew Miller, say "thank you" to Merthyr Tydfil's volunteers
Stephens and George Charitable Trust have been working to support he community throughout the pandemic, the volunteers have gone over and above especially during the exceptionally difficult circumstances of the past year. Their dedication and hard work has been an inspiration to all.
Watch their "thank you" video here
Congratulations to Stephens and George Charitable Trust: The Queens Award for Voluntary Service 2021
Watch Helen announce the news here
Gellideg Foundation Group also repurposed their services during the pandemic. A staggering figure of 85 adult volunteers gave 33,625 hours in volunteer time, while 51 young people from Gellideg, Twyncarmel and Trefechan also volunteered their time.
Watch Colette Watkins say "Thank you" to them all
Lark in the Park began as a group at Treharris Park -2 and a Half years ago as it is a 1900's Edwardian Park that was highly cultivated and manicured that fell into the wilds, We are restoring the Park to it's former glory with some modern adaptations. We are focusing on Bio-diversity and the environment.
The people of Treharris have many happy memories of using the park growing up and it has become a secret special place.
The Volunteers have been planting, digging, weeding, clearing, cutting, chopping, tidying, building and painting! There is a job to suit everyone. The main job is to relax, enjoy being outside and have a cuppa! Come along on a Thursday 10.30am-1.30pm to say Hi and meet the Team and we can welcome you to getting involved. Ask For Gill or Annie.
Helen from Age Connects Morgannwg thanks their volunteers.
Merthyr Performance Company (MPC) want to thank all of our volunteers who help us during every class, every show get in and get out, helping decorate our studio, building our sets and transporting them to theatres, chaperoning our cast backstage and helping with raffles, front of house, hair and make up; the list is endless!
We rely on the help our volunteers offer all year round, and their skills are invaluable to us and our company of over 100 children! Without them, we couldn't give the learning and performance opportunities that we can, to children of all ages across Merthyr Tydfil.
Watch the young people say thank you.
Volunteering Matters say thank you to all their volunteers - watch here
Cancer Aid Merthyr Tydfil want to say Thank you to all their volunteers for their efforts over the years.
Watch Cancer Aid's Thank You video here
Penydre High School want to thank all their volunteers who support other pupils throughout the year
Watch their thank you video here
Congratulations to Gurnos Men's Group on being awarded the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service 2021.
Congratulations to South Wales Police Special Constabulary on also being awarded the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service 2021.
The Parent Network would like to say "Thank you" to all their volunteers.
Watch Diane say "thank you" to all their volunteers
Safer Merthyr Tydfil’s RECONNECT project aims to tackle social isolation experienced by anybody age 50+ living within Merthyr Tydfil. Social isolation is a challenging reality for many. Its effects can be pronounced, and may even lead to a decline in overall health and well-being, in addition to feelings of depression or anxiety. Over the past year the volunteers have been offering telephone support and their commitment and dedication has improved the lives and wellbeing of so many individuals in our community.
Twynyrodyn Community Hub has supported the community practically and emotionally since the beginning of the pandemic providing daily hot meals, activity based sessions and food parcels.
Their volunteers have enabled them to be there for the whole community in so many ways. They are still there now offering support to the Hub as they move into the next stage of supporting the community in regaining independence and building resilience.
Anthony and Iestyn - father and son who volunteer together
Pontsticill Community Group is a group that meet regularly with the aim of helping to maintain and improve the village of Pontsticill. They fundraise, work with other organisations, run a toddler group and other activities days where volunteers work to keep the village tidy.