Favourite moments of 2016
Despite the negative events that have sometimes dominated the news this year, there is still much to celebrate. In fact, this year we have seen once again the progress that can be made by working together.
It is impossible to list everything our incredible volunteers, partners and supporters have achieved in 2016, but here are some of our favourite moments. This year...
We held our first ever Volunteer Awards to celebrate the work of our amazing volunteers.
Volunteers and staff celebrated volunteering all around the world
We heard from volunteers returning to their placements - and seeing the lasting effect of their work.
And we saw fantastic reunions
We loved seeing your baby photos as part of our First Breath campaign
...By sharing your pictures you helped raise awareness of our work supporting babies in those first vital minutes of life. In fact, over 980,000 people benefited from improved health services thanks to VSO volunteers and partners (2015/16).
This year we were the charity partner to Shakespeare Lives. With support from the British Council and the GREAT Campaign we raised money to support our education programmes around the world.
...Over 920,000 children and adults around the world benefited from our work improving education (2015/16).
We spoke out against a number of important issues, including the issue of irresponsible 'voluntourism' projects - and their effect on vulnerable children. Lending weight to the work of JK Rowling and her charity, Lumos.
This year we were also reminded...
When you work together - you can make change happen
We're always stronger as part of a team
You should practice what you preach
If in doubt - get stuck in
And give it everything you have
Even if you’re nervous, keep going. Because the memories will last a lifetime
Thanks to everyone who has been a part of VSO this year. Season's greetings and a happy new year to you all.