Local MSP Gil Paterson is using National Volunteers’ Week to highlight the huge contribution that East Dunbartonshire’s volunteers make to our community.
Volunteers’ Week Scotland takes place from the 1st – 7th June and this year’s theme is ‘Volunteering For All’
The work of volunteers throughout Scotland is valued at £2 billion every year and research shows that Scotland’s young people are particularly keen to make a difference with participation rates almost double those of older age-groups.
It is estimated that around 22,000 people volunteer in East Dunbartonshire
Commenting on the figures Mr Paterson said:
“Volunteers’ Week Scotland gives us a great opportunity to recognise and celebrate the people in our community who give up their time, energy and skills to help others.
I’m especially pleased to see that, in this the Year of Young People, so many of those who are volunteering to make a difference are young people. Volunteering not only benefits the environment or people who get the help, it can also have a really positive effect on the person doing the volunteering.
“This year’s theme that volunteering is for all highlights the extensive variety of ways that so many people make such a big difference. I’m sure everyone will wish to join me in offering all our volunteers, young and old, a huge vote of thanks.”
For more information on National Volunteers’ Week https://www.volunteerscotland.net/about-us/news-blog/news/volunteers-week-2018/