In line with guidance from NCVO (National Council for Voluntary Organisations), given due to the current Covid-19 crisis, we won't be celebrating Volunteers's Week in our usual way. While we are very disappointed not to be holding our annual 'Shining Stars' event, which last year we hosted in partnership with Derby Homes, Community Managed Libraries and Move More Derby, we hope to be back bigger and better when it is safe to do so.
The current crisis has shown just what a caring, volunteering city Derby is - at the start of the pandemic we were overwhelmed with people offering to volunteer their time to help others with shopping and other small tasks together with befriending to help those people who are lonely and isolated. In the past few months we have seen so many acts of kindness - from food donations to Derby Food Forum Network to donations of jigsaws and games for families from local businesses - and we hope that once this is all over those acts of kindness continue to happen.
It has been a tough time for local organisations not least because fundraising generally involves events which obviously can't take place at the moment. It is also hard for volunteers to do their usual volunteering roles while abiding by social distancing rules and so volunteering opportunities during this time have changed somewhat. We hope that once the crisis is over the people who have volunteered for the first time in response to the crisis will come back and look at all of the other exciting and interesting roles out there. And then next year they may find themselves being nominated for a 'Shining Star'!