Welcome to the Year of the Volunteer 2005!

2005 is the Year of the Volunteer, a year-long celebration of the amazing work volunteers do and a call to action to get more and more of us volunteering.

Early in 2004, Chancellor Gordon Brown designated 2005 as the Year of the Volunteer. The Home Office, as the government department with responsibility for encouraging active citizenship, is working in partnership with two well-established volunteering organisations Volunteering England and CSV to coordinate the Year.

Aims of the Year

The Year's main aims are to:

Volunteer organisations and the Year

All volunteer organisations are encouraged to participate in and benefit from the Year of the Volunteer 2005. It's a chance to increase engagement by providing opportunities for the public to volunteer, and to increase awareness of volunteering in general, and your own organisation specifically, by branding existing work under the Year of the Volunteer banner.

If you are a member of a volunteer organisation and would like to get involved in the Year of the Volunteer campaign, go to Volunteer organisations and the Year of the Volunteer.