National Volunteer Week

  • 2022: Monday 16 - Sunday 22 May (theme to be announced)
  • 2021: Monday 17 - Sunday 23 May (Recongnise. Reconnect. Reimagine)
  • 2020: Monday 18 - Sunday 24 May (Changing Communities. Changing Lives)

National Volunteer Week (NVW) is an annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation's volunteers. Each week in May, thousands of activities will be held across the country to say thank you to the 6 million Australians who volunteer their time. The week-long celebration will include social media campaigns, breakfasts, morning/afternoon teas, and luncheons, as well as open days, award ceremonies, picnics, forums and training sessions.

WA Volunteer of the Year Awards

During National Volunteer Week, Volunteering WA hosts the state's largest celebration with the WA Volunteer of the Year Awards.  The prestigious gala dinner is attended by over 350 people including dignitaries such as the Governor of Western Australia and the Minister for Volunteering. There are eight different categories that recognise volunteers, volunteer managers, and volunteer-involving organisations. Nominations open from approximately January - March each year. To find the nomination forms and events details, please visit the WA Volunteer of the Year Awards website

#WaveForVolunteers - Wave Your Appreciation

Share your special wave of appreciation for volunteers online during NVW. It is important to say thanks to our fellow volunteers for the enormous contribution they make each and every day, and recognise their contribution during what has been a challenging year for all Australians.

During National Volunteer Week each year, we invite you to put your hand up and thank all the volunteers around Australia by waving a special smile of appreciation to recognise the great work volunteers do each and every day. Upload your wave photos to social media, make sure to tag @VolunteeringWA and hashtag #WaveForVolunteers and #NVW2021.

Follow along online: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Instagram  |  LinkedIn   

National Volunteer Week Grants

Supported by Lotterywest, each year during National Volunteer Week, Volunteering WA offers small grants to be used for organisations to celebrate and thank their volunteers. In the past, organisations have held a vast array of traditional and creative ‘thank you and celebration’ events and acknowledged their volunteers with the National Volunteer Week certificates.

You can visit our grant page for ideas and more information.

The Lotterywest National Volunteering Week Grants applications open in January each year.

Events and Activities

  • Let us know what you're doing: Let Volunteering WA know about your National Volunteering Week activity or event so we can help share it. Send our Marketing team an email here
  • Tag @VolunteeringWA and use the #NVW2021 to share your social media promotion with us. 
  • Follow Volunteering WA on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Youtube

Resources and Merchandise

Each year, Volunteering Australia makes available a range of resources to help you celebrate National Volunteer Week, including logos, social media images, event posters and invitations, and volunteer recognition certificates. You can also purchase special lapel pins, pens, and volunteer gifts through their shop. View the NVW resources and merchandise on the Volunteering Australia website.

Going RED for National Volunteer Week

Each year during NVW, a number of iconic Western Australian buildings and landmarks across the State light in magnificent red – the colour of volunteering – in support of volunteers. Our supporters include The Bell Tower; Parliament and Council House; Optus Stadium; Matagarup, Mount Street, and Joondalup Drive Bridges; Sky Ribbon; Elizabeth Quay Bridge and Spanda; and the Woodside Energy building.

WOW Day - recognising our SES volunteers

The Department of Fire & Emergency Services encourages everyone in Western Australia to wear orange on Wear Orange Wednesday (WOW Day) on the Wednesday during National Volunteer Week to thank and celebrate the hard work and dedication of our SES volunteers. Over 2,000 SES volunteers across WA play a vital role in keeping the community safe during natural disaster and emergencies. These highly skilled volunteers conduct emergency repairs to buildings damaged by cyclones, storms and floods, ferry cargo and passengers across floodwaters, conduct land searches, aerial and cave rescues, attend road crashes and much more. Wear orange on WOW Day and show your support by uploading your images to social media using the hashtag #thankyouSES.