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Top Tips for Rewarding Volunteers

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Each year, from June 1st - 7th, we shine a light on volunteers, voluntary organisations and charities throughout the UK who dedicate their time and skills to make a difference in our local communities as part of Volunteers' Week, the largest celebration of volunteering.
Having supported a variety of voluntary organisations and charities throughout the years, we're dedicating this blog post to those responsible for the recruitment, recognition and reward of volunteers in their organisation. Continue reading to find out our top tips for rewarding volunteers!
1. Say thank you 
It's a small gesture but saying thank you to a volunteer for dedicating their time, skills and knowledge goes a long way! Whether it's an email, a 'Thank you' card, or even a personal phone call, showing appreciation to your volunteers won't go unnoticed. 
2. Host an awards ceremony
Hosting an awards ceremony is a perfect opportunity to recognise and acknowledge the hard work of volunteers within your organisation. It's worth thinking about certificates and different categories of award achievements - such as 'Longest-serving Volunteer' or 'Volunteer of the Year'. Hosting an awards ceremony will not only truly show your gratitude to your volunteers or volunteer team, but they can also be fantastic opportunities for your volunteers to meet other teams, and to learn more about the different roles within your organisation. 
3. Nominate for external volunteer awards
Celebrate those volunteers who go the extra mile by nominating them for external volunteer awards such as The Guardian's Volunteer of the Year. For exceptional volunteer teams, nominations can also be made for the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service - the highest award presented to volunteer groups across the UK.
4. Share online 
Volunteers' Week provides the perfect opportunity to share and highlight outstanding volunteers from voluntary organisations across the UK. During the week, dedicate a post on social media, or a blog on your website, to shout about your inspiring volunteers or volunteer team. Let them know that their hard work is acknowledged! 
5. Invite to work events
Celebrating a colleagues birthday or organising a work event? Invite your volunteers along too! Social events are the perfect occasions for teams to learn more about the organisation and to meet individuals from other teams, too.

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