It's Volunteers' Week - an opportunity to celebrate everyone who dedicates their free time to help others.
Over 21 million people volunteer in the UK at least once a year and this contributes an estimated £23.9bn to the UK economy. Behind these big numbers is a big contribution.
These 21 million people are a shining example of how we can all make a big difference to individuals and communities every day from improving the environment we live in, spending time with those who may otherwise be lonely and contributing to a range of other essential services and support.
This year, an additional five days have been added to 'Volunteers' Week' to enable even more to take part and more time to celebrate.
The end of Volunteers’ Week will also coincide with the Patron’s Lunch on 12 June, a celebration of Her Majesty the Queen’s lifetime of service to more than 600 charities and organisations to which The Queen acts as a Patron, on the occasion of her 90th birthday. Communities across the UK will be encouraged to participate by holding their own street party or event.
On Merseyside, the Police and Crime Commissioner runs the Independent Custody Visitor (ICV) scheme which sees volunteers carry out random spot checks of police custody suites to check on the welfare of those being detained.
There are currently 33 dedicated ICVs and last year alone they carried out 245 visits to police stations in the region, offering to see nearly 2,500 people.
Find out more about the ICV scheme here
To find out how you can get involved in Volunteers' Week, please click here.