Volunteers week, 1-7 June every year, is when we normally get the chance to celebrate and thank our many volunteers. Some who are very new to the organisation and others who have seen us through many years and many changes.

However, this year we feel that perhaps now is not the right time for big celebrations, and instead are sending a personal message of heartfelt thanks and warmest wishes to all our volunteers.

We say this often, but it does not make it any less true, our work right across the Care Inspectorate could not be as rich with the voices of people who have experience of care, without our many volunteers. They shape what we do, how we do it and how we talk about it. They share their experiences and ideas, their skills, and knowledge and of course their time freely and with great generosity. We are so grateful to all our volunteers.

So, this week as we cannot meet up with our volunteers, we are sending a thank you message to every volunteer from everyone at the Care Inspectorate.

We hope this article together with the May edition of the Involvement Newsletter will reassure staff across the organisation that the great work our volunteers have done and continue to do for us remotely, is wholeheartedly acknowledged in this special week, despite the current restrictions.