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Volunteers' Week 2020 round up

We hope that you all had a great Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June 2020). We certainly enjoyed expressing our gratitude for everything that you do for the organisation and all our service users.

Here is a round up of all great messages and stories we had a pleasure posting throughout the week, highlighting your brilliance, commitment and impact.

We opened up a week with a message from our CEO, Nick Moberly, and Chair of Trustees, Nick Winser. You can read that message here.

We built on this with an article highlighting the incredible breadth of services and activities you delivered during the last year.


Each day during Volunteers’ Week we promoted the story of a different service user, talking about the help they have received from you as volunteers. We have had some incredible feedback about how touching and emotive those stories were and how much they resonated with our community. The impact of volunteering is often demonstrated by statistics. But nothing showcases what can be achieved by volunteering more than a real story of a person (or a group) delivering essential help and support when it is needed the most. If you missed these stories during Volunteers’ Week, you can still enjoy reading them now:

  1. 7 June: Team sports and talking therapies help me live life to the full.

  2. 6 June: Finding the volunteers at my local MS Society group turned my life around. Then I met Wendy. It was fantastic.

  3. 5 June: Volunteer Susannah picked me up when I was in a very dark place.

  4. 4 June: MS Society volunteers are helping me get back on my motorbike.

  5. 3 June: Soulla’s son Chris has MS. Thanks to their local MS Society group they have the help and support they need.

  6. 2 June: Volunteer Vicki talks about how volunteering for us helps with her wellbeing.

  7. 1 June: MS Helpline volunteer David talks about why he became a volunteer and how he’s been helping people during the COVID-19 outbreak.


Our lovely Ambassadors and high-profile supporters (all volunteers themselves) recorded some lovely messages, personalised for volunteers in areas where they have a particular connection. We were delighted to send these to you, and promote them via our social media channels.

You can catch up on all these individual messages by clicking the links below, or see a compilation here.

  1. East Midlands - Tony Johnstone

  2. East Anglia - Tony Johnstone

  3. Yorkshire and Humberside - Stuart Nixon

  4. West Midlands - Trishna Bharadia

  5. Wales - Stuart Nixon

  6. South West England - Stephanie Millward

  7. Scotland - Lewis MacDougall

  8. Northern Ireland - Joe Mahon

  9. North West England - Richard Hawley

  10. North East England - Alun Armstrong

  11. London and South East England - Alun Armstrong

Congratulations and thanks

We rounded off Volunteers’ Week in fine style with the exciting news that our Isle of Wight Group has received the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, which is the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. Congratulations to them for this spectacular success. You can read more about it here.

We hope that the spotlight of Volunteers’ Week has made you feel proud to be part of a network which makes such a difference, and that you will carry this feeling throughout the year to come. Thank you, once again, for everything you do. We appreciate it every day.