War Child exists to support children forced to with the effects of armed conflict - and our network of volunteers makes a hugely important contribution to our mission. In 2017 - like every year - we enjoyed significant support from our volunteers.
By the end of the year we could count on the support of 64 volunteer spokespeople, six volunteer coordinators, eight project volunteers and 156 active event volunteers. Our volunteer spokespeople also make a valuable contribution during our events.
Our network of volunteers supported our marketing activities throughout 2017. They gave 159 presentations about our work at schools, companies and sports clubs. They collected numerous cheques and were present at festivals and public events to publicise our work.
Our volunteers also contributed to the success of several major projects - including our TV special Jij&IK, the Martin Garrix for War Child event and our Safe Space campaign – over the course of the year.
2017 also saw the launch of a new Volunteer Policy and strategy - to help deepen the relationship between the organisation and our network of volunteers. The new strategy is designed to give our volunteers increased responsibility - and involve them even more closely in our work.
The new policy and strategy both met with an enthusiastic response from our volunteers - ensuring we can continue to move forward as a single, committed team.