Volunteers Week 2021

‘It’s Time to Say Thanks’

Volunteers’ Week which runs from 1-7 June every year is the chance to celebrate the valuable contribution volunteers make to our communities.

This year’s message is: “It’s Time to Say Thanks” – especially given the key role volunteers have played during the pandemic over the past 14 months.

The national event gives organisations and charities the opportunity to recognise those contributions – and to wholeheartedly thank volunteers for all their help.

As part of the week, Bristol City Council has produced a special film of thanks which shines a spotlight on many of the volunteers and groups who have worked so tirelessly this year – which can be seen at A Time to Say Thanks  

Whether it’s volunteering through Can Do Bristol, phoning someone who is lonely or shopping for an isolated neighbour, the city’s response to COVID-19 has been incredible.

Residents are also being invited to recognise and thank their own local volunteering stars. You can contribute to Bristol’s Wall of Thanks by suggesting a volunteer star for recognition.

There are also special Volunteers’ Week postcards available at many community venues – including The Park in Daventry Road – for people to fill out with a message of thanks to give to an individual, volunteer or community organisation that has helped them during the year.

For more information about Volunteers’ Week visit www.volunteersweek.org

Check out the Knowle West Alliance Volunteer Newsletter below:

Volunteer Newsletter

May 2021

Frances, Lucy and Emily from Knowle West Alliance say “thank you!

Volunteers’ Week is the beginning of June so we would just like to reiterate how grateful we are to all of you for your ongoing support. 

Knowle West Alliance have taken part in a thank you video and short film that the council are making to celebrate what you’ve done and show our appreciation. 

We’d also like to say a big thank you to David and Paul who braved the rain to take part in the film too.  David has been walking Paul’s dogs for him since last summer and Paul has said how much David’s help and support has meant to him.

Paul and David in the rain at the Inns Court Centre
Update from The Hub

The week of June 1-7 is Volunteers’ Week. The hub has been quiet as vaccinations grow and Covid slows down. However, the hub has been such a success supporting 472 referrals because of the brilliance of the volunteers. THANK YOU all for every single minute you have given to support someone else during this pandemic from all of the KWA Hub team. 


Outstanding Jobs

We are still looking for a volunteer with an enhanced DBS and transport to take on the following job:

Weekly shop (ideally from Tesco or a bigger supermarket) for a vulnerable resident in Knowle West. The resident will require some help with his shopping list and bringing in the shopping.  Please note that the resident is a smoker and his home does smell of smoke.

If you’re able to help, please volunteer on To/Fro or email us: info@kwalliance.co.uk


Delivery of The Knowledge

It’s that time again!  We’re looking for people to help deliver The Knowledge (the local community newsletter) to every home in Knowle West anytime between 17 and 25 June. 

If you’re able to help us deliver, even if it’s just to one street, please contact: info@kwalliance.co.uk


Recently two residents that our Hub has supported have contacted us to offer something to the community.  Paul had some spare tinned food that he wanted to donate and we arranged for him to drop it to the Inns Court Food Club – they were very grateful.  Kristina wanted to find a home for a sofa that they were replacing and said, “I’ll never forget how wonderfully supportive yourself and the volunteers have been”.  It’s fantastic that residents we have helped want to give back. 

If you have any stories you would like to share, please email: info@kwalliance.co.uk 



Guidance for volunteers (Bristol City Council)
Government guidelines for coronavirus
Knowle West community website
Knowle West Alliance