Volunteers Week – making a big impact on homelessness amid Coronavirus pandemic

03 Jun 2020

Monday 1 June – Sunday 7 June is Volunteers Week, an annual celebration of those that give their time to help others.

At The Wallich, this would usually be celebrated by events being held across Wales to get our volunteers together to say thank you. However, this year is slightly different.

Whilst we aren’t able to celebrate in person, we want to focus on saying thank you to all of our volunteers.

We have many dedicated volunteers who have regularly, and consistently, given up their time to do something about homelessness.

To them – we want you to know that your unflinching support means the world to us.

New faces

Like most countries across the world, Wales is facing challenges of lockdown; employees being furloughed or working from home.

However, as some people have more time on their hands, many have had a yearning to do something to help their community.

Since March, 15 people have joined our team of The Wallich heroes, specifically to provide support as a result of Coronavirus.

In addition, we’ve received more than 40 requests to become a volunteer when they’re needed or in the future.

Here’s what some of our Wallich heroes had to say about their time volunteering

Andrea, volunteer at The Wallich’s Private Rental Sector (PRS) project in Swansea, said:

“I have enjoyed being made to feel part of the very supportive PRS team in Swansea.

“I have always been kept up to date with any changes to the organization, which I valued greatly.

“I have never felt as though I was just a volunteer.”


Wales Probation Services’ Cardiff and Vale Community Payback team, said:

“This work [delivering food to projects across Cardiff] demonstrates the importance of community organisations working together in partnership, not only during the COVID-19 period, but beyond.

“We are so pleased to have forged strong links which will continue into the future.”

Ryan, Corporate and Community Volunteer Officer at The Wallich, said:

“I just want to say I’m so grateful for all of the hard work our volunteers have been doing all year-round.

“At the Wallich, we believe in creating opportunities for everyone and we are continuing to see growth in volunteering numbers.

“More important, is seeing the development in individuals who volunteer and hearing the amazing stories about their volunteering journey leading to some gaining careers at The Wallich.

“The community effort has been overwhelmingly positive and we have seen an increase in demand for volunteering amongst the COVID-19 crisis.

“It which just goes to show how outward-facing and selfless the community is.

“Myself, our clients and all The Wallich staff thank you so much for your free time.”

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If you know anyone who volunteers for your community, take the opportunity of this Volunteers Week 2020 just to say thank you – we know they’ll appreciate it.

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