International Volunteer Day 2019

1 December 2019

International Volunteer Day (IVD), is an opportunity for us all to promote volunteerism, encourage governments to support volunteer efforts and recognise volunteer contributions to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at local, national and international levels. 

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UN Volunteers are marking #IVD2019 with the theme "Volunteer for an inclusive future", highlighting SDG 10 and the pursuit of equality – including inclusion – through volunteerism.

Volunteering provides opportunities for people, particularly those often excluded, to concretely impact their own lives and play a constructive role in their communities by volunteering their time and skills. Through volunteerism, communities around the world often experience strengthened solidarity and inclusion.  

So what does inclusion in volunteering mean to you?

“No one volunteer is the same and that’s why on International Volunteer Day, and beyond, we are encouraging greater inclusion in volunteering. We want volunteering to be a rewarding experience that can be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of their background, identity or personal circumstances. Over the last few years we have been leading work on inclusion in volunteering along with our partners on the National Inclusion in Volunteering Group.”

Adrian Murtagh, Head of Volunteer Practice at Volunteer Scotland

Use the hashtags #volunteer4inclusion and #IVD2019 on twitter.