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An Ode to our Volunteers

Sarah Williams
by Sarah Williams

As the end of another year nears  

We gather as VSO peers  

To wow and amaze  

And share in our praise  

For all of our great volunteers  


These special awards give us pride 

In all those who’ve worked side by side 

From community trainers 

To online campaigners 

And those who brought skills far and wide     


From helping young girls access school 

And championing health-rights for all 

To incomes surviving… 

..then growing and thriving   

No challenge too big or too small  


Through lockdowns, flooding and fire 

The contexts were fragile and dire  

But working together 

In every endeavour  

Your courage and grit would not tire  


In communities often-maligned  

Where stigma and hardship combined  

You made access fair 

With kindness and care 

So no one would be left behind   


Our youth-led approach was alive  

With passion, commitment and drive 

You tackled taboos 

Brought skills and fresh views 

And helped many thousands to thrive  


The change that we all see appearing 

Takes time and some real persevering  

So some are partaking 

In long-term change-making 

With Impact Beyond Volunteering  


While all of our finalists wowed  

There are four special winners allowed 

The commitment they’ve given 

And changes they’ve driven 

Made each of our panel so proud  


Now without any further ado 

We’ll end with a statement so true  

The impact you’ve made 

Will last and cascade  

So for all that you’ve done we...


An Ode to our Volunteers by Sarah Williams, Limericks for Life.

Sarah Williams is a former VSO employee and a talented writer. Sarah is now the Director of Philanthropy and Partnerships at Depaul UK, a youth homelessness charity and runs her business Limericks for Life on the side as a passion project. Sarah's poem was written for and read at the Volunteer Impact Awards 2022.

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