Volunteer Fortnight

posted 26 Jun 2014, 11:20 by Simone Miller   [ updated 30 Jun 2014, 05:28 by David Jones ]

Events and conversations as part of volunteer fortnight



On the back of a powerful Action Camp with 450 people-powered people involved in the CO programme, and where Nick Hurd got on Twitter to say it was “One of the most memorable 2 hours of my ministerial life!”, we are launching Volunteers Fortnight!

Beginning next Monday 30th June and running to 13th July, Volunteers Fortnight is two weeks of celebration and support for volunteers and COs, the people out door-knocking and listening, building networks, leading and supporting grassroots action.

The attached flyer tells you a bit more about what is planned and we have started building momentum online. Here are links to a blog post, our Facebook and Twitterwhere we will use hashtags #COVolunteer and #corganisers.


One of the most important parts of the fortnight is local events put on by COs and volunteers. We want you, COs, to run events with your volunteers and wider network members, and we want to hear about them before and after so we can tell the world about all the amazing things going on locally as a result of community organising. We wold also like your stories of volunteering and especially stories from volunteers themselves. So please email your events and stories to corganisers@locality.org.uk so we can promote and celebrate them with you. Don’t forget to follow up to tell us what happened and about any actions planned.

During the next two weeks we are running a programme of activities including:

  • Webinars for volunteers and COs about:
                Volunteers Conversations (6pm, 2nd July)

               Social Media Engagement (6pm, 3rd July)

              Project Development (6pm, 10th July)
  • Newsletter and social media, including videos of volunteers, stories and blogs where we’d love to have your comments!
  • Local events run by COs and volunteers
  • A visit to Westminster that includes a meeting with Nick Hurd MP and a visit to Parliament (for a group of volunteers who nominated themselves at Action Camp)
  • An online resources pack
  • A selection of goodies sent to COs to give to volunteers and network members


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