Stirling Libraries and Archives renew IiV

4 August 2016


Stirling Libraries and Archives have been officially recognised for their commitment to volunteers by Volunteer Scotland.

Having originally received Investing in Volunteer status in 2013, Libraries and Archives have now had this renewed for a further three years in recognition of the continuing high standard of recruitment, training and support provided to around 50 volunteers who lend a hand in various ways.

SlaVolunteers make an enormous contribution, from providing a friendly, personal service to many housebound readers, to delving into Stirling’s rich historical archive to help preserve and promote our heritage for generations to come.

Volunteers are also at the cutting edge of digital technology within libraries, enabling more people to participate digitally and online with the IT & Me project and helping develop creative skills with the Mobile Maker Space initiative utilising the latest in 3D scanning and printing.

The impact that the work of volunteers has within the community is impressive, as one library member who uses the housebound service recently summed up: “I enjoy my own company, I live life without a television but would be completely distraught without my library books,” they said.

“Without my library volunteer’s visit once a fortnight I would be completely lost. Not only is she a book delivery person but a connection with the human race, the outside world.”

Stirling Council’s Community Planning and Regeneration Convenor, Councillor Corrie McChord, said:

“Going through the renewal process for Investing in Volunteers status has been a positive experience for Libraries and Archives, allowing them to ensure they are taking the best possible approach to recruiting, training and supporting the volunteers that are such a valued part of the service they provide. We’re proud to offer the support and appreciation all our volunteers deserve and are looking forward to developing new volunteer opportunities in the months to come.”

If you would like more information on how to get involved as a volunteer please contact Gill Ross on 01786 237547, or at rossg@stirling.gov.uk or Louise Graham on 01786 237543, or at grahamlo@stirling.gov.uk

This press release was written by Lindsay McKrell at Stirling Libraries and Archives for local papers.