Volunteers are core to the work of many charities and organisations. They’re a valuable presence in many communities and make a difference in places as diverse as sports clubs, libraries, hospitals, schools, the Urdd, Young Farmers Clubs, Cylchoedd Meithrin and Mentrau Iaith.

Over the past twelve months, as communities, neighbors and individuals have responded to the coronavirus and lockdowns, volunteers have become involved in activities such as shopping for food and delivering packed lunches, collecting and delivering pharmacy items, taking dogs for a walk and taking care of eachother.

Volunteers Week, established in 1984, is an annual campaign that recognises the contribution volunteers make to our communities every day. This year, from 1-7 June, it’s vital that we continue recognising volunteers’ important contribution. Charities across the UK share messages to thank their volunteers and celebrate the power of volunteering in bringing communities together and being there when needed.

Matty Minshull, 18, from Henllan, has been volunteering with Menter Iaith Sir Benfro since April. Ruth Williams, Chief Officer of Menter Iaith Sir Ddinbych, said: “the support of young volunteers like Matty is invaluable, especially to small charities such as the Mentrau Iaith – Thank you very much to everyone! At the same time, volunteering opportunities can provide individuals with useful experiences, and we are delighted to have seen many young volunteers go on to exciting jobs and careers.”

Join the Mentrau Iaith family by volunteering today! Click here to find out how.