BLOG: Volunteers’ Week

Community, society, solidarity

Volunteers’ Week is a time to say a huge thank you to the millions of volunteers across the UK whose contribution is valuable and vital.

According to government figures 23% of people aged 16 and over in England took part in formal volunteering at least once per month in the year ending March 2020. Every one of the always possible team has volunteered at various points and as an organisation we’ve volunteered services on numerous occasions.

Why volunteer?

The feel-good factor! helping people – ‘giving back’ to a service or cause that you’re passionate about, perhaps one which supported you or someone close to you during difficult times.

A new career? Volunteering is an excellent way of gaining valuable experience in a new sector for young job-seekers and later career changers. Several of the always possible team have experience of volunteering leading directly to employment at some stage of their career.

Meaningful use of time. People aged 65-74 are among those most likely to volunteer regularly. This demographic has time and a wealth of experience to bring to any role.


This Volunteers’ Week we’ll be celebrating some of our clients who put volunteering at the heart of their design, development and capacity to make change happen.

Little Green Pig offer free writing workshops for children and young people in Sussex. They’ve trained over 250 volunteers.

AudioActive is a ground-breaking music organisation, working with young people at the meeting point of technology and contemporary youth culture.

The Careers & Enterprise Company inspires and prepares young people for the world of work, matching business volunteers with schools and colleges.

Fareshare Sussex redistributes surplus food that would otherwise be wasted to those in the community who need it most.

Into Games is a non-profit that supports people in finding rewarding careers in the games industry.

QueenSpark Books is dedicated to gathering, preserving and making accessible Brighton & Hove’s histories. 60 volunteers worked on the recent Archives Alive project.


Volunteer recruitment in the spotlight

The Careers & Enterprise Company

Rewrite The Story Become an Enterprise Advisor

The Careers & Enterprise Company recently launched their national #RewriteTheStory campaign. The aim is to recruit thousands of new volunteer Enterprise Advisors to help schools rewrite the way young people learn about the world of work. The always possible team delivered the campaign brand, videos, imagery, messaging and a comprehensive style guide.

Aimee Higgins from The Careers & Enterprise Company recently spoke to always possible’s Richard Freeman about the campaign. Watch below.

Different perspectives on education and skills

// A different kind of careers service

Aimee Higgins from the Careers & Enterprise Company speaks to always possible’s Richard Freeman about the Rewrite The Story campaign and about the challenges of trying to recruit volunteers for a schools-based programme during a pandemic.

 (18 minute watch)

// Stella Creasy MP on community power

Late last year we spoke to Stella Creasey about power, community, social mobility and what the hell it is like being a British MP through a decade of austerity, Brexit and a global pandemic.

 (40 minute listen)

// Is the games industry the future for our smartest children?

Into Games CEO Declan Cassidy speaks to always possible’s Richard Freeman about his ground-breaking initiative for making the games industry more diverse, and more open to ambitious young people.

 (18 minute watch)

// The challenge for charities during the Covid crisis

During the early days of the pandemic we put out a call to frontline charity workers to answer our questions about the unique set of challenges for the sector – when funding diminished while demand for services sky-rocketed.

 (34 minute listen)

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