Festival of Volunteering
Thank you to everyone who supported this years Festival of Volunteering in Stirling and Stirling's bid for European Volunteering Capital 2020.
The Festival ran from 19th – 25th September with various events from conferences to celebrations, one of which was the Festival Family Day, which attracted over 2500 to Kings Park with over 30 local organisations and charities taking part.
The Festival drew to a close with a sold out youth conference in conjunction with the Year of Young People 2018. Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government, Aileen Campbell MSP, backed the European Volunteering Capital 2020 bid.
The Festival of Volunteering Bid Team travelled to Brussels, in October, to make Stirling's case for European Volunteering Capital 2020, in a presentation to the European Volunteer Centre (CEV), the jury panel of international experts, and around 100 delegates from all across Europe. The winner will be announced on 5th December.
Stirling Councillors, Scott Farmer and Chris Kane, SVE Chief Executive Natalie Masterson and Volunteer Scotland staff Margaret Starkie and Lisa Seibold laid out the plans for a vibrant year-long Festival of Volunteering in 2020, which is aimed at increasing volunteering participation in the Stirling area from over a third currently, to 50% of the population. This will be achieved through our inclusion strategy to close the participation gap for those with fewer opportunities.
While in Brussels, we also extended an invitation to people from across the continent to join our local volunteers, take part in events and share knowledge and good practice in 2020 and beyond.
Find out more about our plans here on the Festival website.