Today City Year UK has launched its first ever Volunteer Mentor Appreciation Week, which will run from Monday 25 February through to Saturday 2 March.
The charity is launching the week to show how much it appreciates and values its 121 volunteer mentors across the UK. The week is timed to coincide with the halfway point of their year of voluntary service that they have dedicated to supporting pupils in schools, who are growing up in some of the most disadvantaged communities in the UK. Their efforts will help ensure that no child falls behind owing to their socio-economic background.
Each day different activities and giveaways have been planned, from free vouchers to use at Tortilla, coffee mornings and breakfast baskets, culminating in a ‘service day’ City Year UK will be hosting at Conisborough College where friends from the City Year UK community will team up to work on the school’s community garden.
All of the activities and giveaways have been made possible by the generosity of the charity’s corporate partners, trustees, staff and colleagues in the US and South Africa.
The week itself was also inspired by an Appreciation Month held by City Year Inc in the USA in March every year. Accordingly, City Year UK plan to make this week a part of their calendar every year.
Kevin Munday, Chief Executive at City Year UK, said: “We all know that late February can be the hardest time of year for our volunteer mentors. They’ve reached the halfway point in their City Year journey but its cold and dark outside and the school year is tiring which challenges for staff, volunteers and pupils alike. They wouldn’t be human if they didn’t question whether it was all worth it.
“But we also know the great lengths they go to in order to support the pupils in our partner schools and just how much impact they having on those who need that extra bit of support the most. It’s life changing.
“We wouldn’t be here without them and we want to show them just how much we appreciate their efforts, which are not going unnoticed. I hope they enjoy the week, they’ve earned it and much more.”