National Volunteers’ Week Hackathon by TH.0

Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the contribution millions of people make across the UK through volunteering. Like every year, TH.0 is expressing their gratitude, but in a different way. We don’t just want to sit on the sidelines and appreciate while volunteers risk their lives on the forefront; we want to help them the best way we know how to – by providing tech-driven solutions for the causes they are fighting for.

Through the National Volunteers’ Week Hackathon, our focus is on supporting volunteers to take on coronavirus-related volunteering roles and most importantly, to help communities cope with the many consequences of coronavirus.

The theme for 2021 is ‘Time to Say Thanks’. We believe in actions, therefore as a way of saying thanks, we will be bringing together people from all backgrounds within the UK virtually to participate in a hackathon that creates viable solutions for possible future pandemics so we can mitigate risks to vulnerable individuals, prevent loss of life and be better prepared.

What is Volunteers’ Week?

Volunteers’ Week is a long-standing, popular event in the voluntary sector, established in 1984. 

It is supported and celebrated by grassroots organizations as well as larger, household-name charities, who together run hundreds of events across the UK.

Why Should You Join?

People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons. For some it offers the chance to give something back to the community or make a difference to the people around them. For others it provides an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge. Regardless of the motivation, what unites them all is that they find it both challenging and rewarding.

Below are some of the reasons people choose to volunteer. For some it provides an opportunity to:

  • give something back to an organisation that has impacted on a person’s life, either directly or indirectly
  • make a difference to the lives of others
  • help the environment
  • help others less fortunate or without a voice
  • feel valued and part of a team
  • spend quality time away from work or a busy lifestyle
  • gain confidence and self-esteem.
  • meeting new people and making new friends
  • a chance to socialise
  • getting to know the local community

For some, volunteering can be a route to employment, or a chance to try something new which may lead to a career change. From this perspective, volunteering can be a way of:

  • gaining new skills, knowledge and experience
  • developing existing skills and knowledge
  • enhancing a CV
  • improving one’s employment prospects
  • gaining an accreditation
  • using one’s professional skills and knowledge to benefit others (usually described as pro bono)

How To Get Involved?

Volunteers’ Week is a chance to be part of the UK’s biggest annual celebration of volunteering, recognizing the contribution of over 20 million people who volunteer in their communities across the UK.

Registrations are currently open for the National Volunteers’ Week Hackathon. Show your appreciation by giving back to the community and making a difference with your skills and talent.

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