Volunteers’ Week provides the opportunity for us to join the nation in recognising the fantastic contribution people make to our communities by offering their time and commitment. We currently involve 72 volunteers across the UK and could not make the impact we do without the support of these dedicated individuals.
From inspiring others to invest through talks, to translating our website so we can communicate better with our customers, our volunteers really do make a big difference. We also know from their feedback that they consider Shared Interest to be ‘something they value and feel proud to be part of. Together, we have been able to engage and inspire people here in to the UK, to get involved in Shared Interest, and ultimately help more producers around the world.
As we were unable to meet in person for over a year, we feel it is more important than ever that our volunteers know just how valued they are. This year we are running our first virtual Volunteers’ Festival with the aim of bringing everyone together online.
Running across two consecutive days, the Festival will provide the opportunity for volunteers to hear how our charity, Shared Interest Foundation, is transforming the lives of young cocoa farmers in Ghana. On day two, Guest Speaker, Joanna Pollard will share her campaigning experiences as Chair of the Fairtrade National Campaigner Committee. There will also be a Q&A session with our team in Central America, and an opportunity to find out more about keeping your carbon footprint to a minimum.