Volunteers’ Week 2021: a time to say thank you

The theme of Volunteers’ Week 2021 has been a time to say thank you. During an exceptionally difficult year, people from all walks of life have taken the time to volunteer and make a huge difference to their communities – just as they do every year. In recognition of the contribution that volunteers make, we have a few thank yous to make ourselves!

Thank you to our governors who shared their own personal experiences of volunteering. This week we have shared inspirational stories from just a few of the people we have helped to become school governors, showing the impact that they have had on their local schools and communities.

Mili Malde from the Department for Education shared her experience of being a governor, her passion for education and recognising the importance of having role models that students can relate to. You can read the full interview with Mili here.


James Pearce, Portfolio Analyst at Rolls Royce and Apprentice of the Year 2020 award winner, spoke to us about what motivated him to become a governor at a young age – and the benefits he brings to the board. You can read James’ story here.


Julian Kennett from the Department for Education spoke to us about the pride he takes in the work he does as the chair of governors at a special school in West Yorkshire. Read Julian’s story here.


Thank you to HMRC, the Department for Education and NHS Health Education England for inviting us to join their Volunteers Week online events, where staff were able to find out more about the benefits of volunteering and hear from their colleagues who spoke so passionately about their experiences of volunteering as a school governor.

Thank you to chairs and clerks on school and trust boards who work tirelessly to ensure their boards are full with skilled volunteers, for their commitment to bringing young people to their governing boards and a commitment to diversity on their boards. Read how Worcester Sixth Form College used the Inspiring Further Education recruitment service to search for skilled volunteers for a vacancy on the board here.

Last but by no means least, thank you to all volunteers that give their time, energy and commitment to schools and trusts. School and college governing boards have quietly played their critical part this year, challenging and supporting school leaders to achieve the best for their students in difficult and exceptional circumstances. You help to shape the lives of the next generation, bringing skills, expertise and perspectives to ensure schools deliver the best experience for children and young people in local communities – thank you for making a difference.

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