Buddies Encouraged to Volunteer

webScottish MSPs have joined forces with Focus Scotland Magazine to make promoting community based volunteering their New Year Resolution.  

The campaign launched aims to get the Scottish public to embark on a volunteering journey in 2013 whilst raise awareness and promoting community volunteering in 2013.

 Pledging to support the campaign the MSPs signed banners promoting the campaign, which aims to encourage more people in Scotland to volunteer within their community with the hope to see an increase in community involvement throughout the country in 2013.

 Following a positive year for the image of volunteering with the successful summer of Games makers with the Olympic Games, Focus Scotland hope that individuals within Scotland continue to volunteer and hope that the campaign will act as a reminder for them of the impact they can have at community level.

 George Adam, Paisley’s MSP was one of the first to sign the campaign banner said – “Volunteering is not only a great way to give back to society, it is a way to learn and develop, building life skills.  There are so many opportunities available to volunteers now. The Commonwealth Games with Paisley as the gateway to the games with Glasgow Airport, the M8 and our rail links makes it the ideal opportunity for Buddies to get involved.”

 Focus Scotland Editor Selina Ross added, “Volunteering has never been more in the news and we want to see 2013 be the year we put community volunteering in Scotland clearly on the map.   Everyday people throughout Scotland make the lives of themselves and others better by contributing their time, skills and care in a wide variety of ways. We hope in 2013 even more will take the time to get involved.”

The last Scottish Household Survey showed that 30% of adults volunteer; this campaign hopes to add to that figure by encouraging everyone to kick off the New Year with a resolution to volunteer in their local community and make a difference.

 If you have any time to donate to and would be interested you can find out more about volunteering by visiting the portal for all volunteering in Scotland www.volunteerscotland.org.uk or by contacting your local Volunteer Centre.