Press Release: Spotlight Falls on Volunteering

If 2005 is the Year of the Volunteer, then October is surely the month. Not only will CSV’s ever popular Make a Difference Day be spurring the UK into action on 29th, but Volunteer Britain, the flagship film, radio and digital storytelling competition will be holding its Gala Final on 25th October in Mayfair’s trendy art-house cinema, the Curzon. 

The red carpet will be rolling out shortly before 5pm to welcome faces from the worlds of entertainment and charity alike, and more importantly the volunteers themselves, whose lives and achievements will be celebrated ahead of the main Make a Difference Day activities – and you could be there.

If you have a story to tell about volunteering and how it has changed your life, or your community, then we want to help you tell it. Who knows? It might even make it onto the big screen at the final event. For those who are not fortunate to have their work showcased at the Curzon, there are plenty of opportunities to see your stories on BBC local radio or on the national TV channel, The Community Channel. There will also be smaller cinema screenings in regions across the UK, for people who would like to see the winning entries, but cannot make it to London.

Volunteer Britain is a unique tri-media campaign and new and experienced filmmakers alike are being encouraged to get involved. The campaign offers an exciting opportunity for people to capture on camera or cassette their volunteering experiences as a school governor, a mentor to a disadvantaged youngster or a sports coach. Recipients of volunteering are also encouraged to recount their own stories of how a volunteer has had a positive impact of their lives.

The competition is part of the national Year of the Volunteer 2005 campaign, led by a partnership between CSV and the Volunteering England Consortium, and supported by the Home Office. The Community Channel have been designated the official channel for the Year of the Volunteer and will be screening content throughout the year to support this.

The Volunteer Britain initiative aims to raise the profile of volunteering, while showcasing the range of opportunities for people to give their time and get involved, and celebrating the life-changing work done each year by millions of people who give their time to various causes for free.

Volunteer Britain actively encourages people of all ages and from all social backgrounds to get involved in production, from school children to business people, and CSV particularly welcomes entries from minority groups, people with disabilities, children, retired people and older workers.

Industry professionals may also be interested to know that the entries we receive will be archived as a record of community activity in 2005 for future use on TV, radio or online.

Information for entrants is available from  


For further information on the Year of the Volunteer log on to

For press enquires: contact Martin Walford 0207 643 1338/07791 987 778 

For other Volunteer Britain enquiries: contact

Notes for Editors

  1. Year of the Volunteer 2005 is owned by volunteers, led by a partnership between Community Service Volunteers (CSV) and the Volunteering England Consortium, and supported by the Home Office.
  2. The Volunteering England Consortium consists of Volunteering England, TimeBank, do-it, The Media Trust, Bitc and Youth Action Network.
  3. To find out more about events and activities during the Year of the Volunteer 2005, please visit the official website at and watch The Community Channel 24 hours a day on Sky 585 and Telewest 233.  It’s also on ntl 14 and from 6-9am on Freeview 46. Alternatively, contact the CSV Action Desk at your local BBC radio station.


See the original press release here: Spotlight Falls on Volunteering. (Also archived as a Word doc: VBvenuepressreleaseFINAL)

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