“This is an important time to celebrate the work of volunteers and the organisations that they support,” said SNP candidate for Paisley & Renfrewshire South, Mhairi Black.
Running from the 1st of June to the 7th June, Volunteers’ Week Scotland highlights the role of volunteers and the local groups and charities which they support. Research from Volunteer Scotland estimates that 22% of adults living in Renfrewshire, around 32,000 people, volunteer formally through an organisation or group. Volunteers are vital to the strength and vitality of Scottish society, with their work valued at £2.6 billion every year.
These volunteers are crucial to the operation of many local groups such as Renfrewshire Foodbank and many others.
As well as celebrating the work of existing volunteers, Volunteers’ Week Scotland offers a new opportunity for voluntary organisations to promote the benefits that volunteering can bring. The week can also help highlight how people can access opportunities and overcome any barriers they might be facing.
Mhairi Black added:
“As someone who used to volunteer, I am aware of the huge difference that volunteers can make to their communities and local groups. Volunteering also benefits the volunteers, giving them experience and a chance to help local groups.
“Scotland’s communities would be a poorer place if we didn’t have so many volunteers running a wide range of organisations from youth groups to foodbanks and everything in between.
“During Volunteers’ Week Scotland I would encourage anyone with time on their hands to think about volunteering with any local group.
More information on Volunteers’ Week Scotland can be found at http://www.volunteerscotland.net/volunteer/volunteers-week-2017/