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Volunteers and the State – where does volunteering fit in 21st century Scotland?

Last week, Volunteer Scotland facilitated a Festival of Politics panel event exploring the relationship between volunteering and the state. Our CEO, Alan Stevenson, was joined on the panel by Sara Redmond from the Health and Social Care Alliance and Alan Sherry from the CLD Standards Council. The discussion was expertly chaired by Jeremy Balfour MSP who dared to ask some of the more thorny questions!

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100 Charter Champions!

Ensuring that each and every volunteer has a good experience is important to us at Volunteer Scotland. That’s why we’re pleased that more than 100 individuals, groups and organisations share that goal and have signed up to be #CharterChampions.

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Volunteering in a Shifting Skills Landscape

Widespread reform in Scotland’s education and skills landscape seems inevitable. The past few years have seen a raft of publications which all recommend seismic changes to Scotland’s education system, qualifications regime and post-school skills environment.

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Net Zero Week 2023

Net zero is the world’s answer to stopping climate change. On the 27th June 2019, the UK became the first major economy in the world to pass laws to end our contribution to climate change. Find out more about the campaign and what Volunteer Scotland are doing to meet our aims of Net Zero!

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Make Your Mark receive a Heritage Fund Grant

Today, the Make Your Mark campaign has received a Heritage Fund grant of £142,722. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, Make Your Mark supports everyone in Scotland to volunteer with their cultural, built and natural heritage.

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Volunteering Action Plan – 1 year on

It’s the first anniversary of the Volunteering Action Plan. We’ve been blown away by what’s been achieved over the past year since the Volunteering Action Plan launched in June 2022. Let’s take a look at some highlights and what’s coming up in the near future!

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Volunteer Story – Stephen Fraser

Stephen Fraser, 34, lives in Glasgow where he owns the FITT Principle, a personal training studio, and hosts a podcast. He is also a volunteer with Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland on its plot at the Growchapel community allotment project in the Drumchapel area of the city.

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Volunteer Story – Ash Kasibante

Ash Kasibante is a 23-year-old Software Engineering student at Glasgow University. Not content to just focus his time on his studies, Ash is also a volunteering hero for Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland’s retail store in Partick, as well as being a member of the charity’s Health & Wellbeing Working Group.

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Volunteer Story – Graham Morris

I have been volunteering at Cyrenians for almost one year now. We lived away and moved back to Aberdeen and I retired early but still wanted to contribute. Someone recommended Cyrenians and I looked into it and thought it would be rewarding being part of the charity

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