Every picture tells a story...
26 February 2019
Volunteer Scotland celebrates the outcome of the “Get Connected – Volunteering and Shared Values” project with a photo exhibition in Tillicoultry, back where the project first began in March 2018.
The exhibition launch took place on Saturday 23rd February 2019 at the Centenary Hall in Tillicoultry, showcasing a diverse range of volunteering across four European countries: Belgium, Croatia, Ireland and Scotland.
The exhibition displayed a collection of inspiring photos and stories from across all four countries and marked the closing chapter of the Get Connected project in Scotland. Volunteers involved in the project were invited along to the exhibition, together with their friends, families and local community members.
May Barker, one of the volunteers who took part in the project, officially launched the exhibition. She highlighted how the project had created an opportunity for residents to come together to try and reinvigorate a deprived area of Clackmannanshire – “we want to re-capture that feeling of community spirit that we used to have here years ago”.
It was this type of connection that people can make with their community – whether that’s their local community or a community of interest – that was at the heart of the Get Connected project. Based on the notion that volunteering offers an opportunity to connect with others and to act on the things that matter to us the most, the project set out to investigate the impact that volunteering can have on people’s values, attitudes and their feelings of connectedness to other people and places.
The project was supported by the European Commission as part of the “Europe for Citizens” programme. Along with the other partner countries, Scotland engaged with volunteers through a series of “CommUnity Bubble” (aka Conversation Salon) events, research surveys and through the documentation of their personal stories as they embarked on their volunteering. This partnership working across the four European countries allowed us to observe volunteering in a range of different contexts and to further examine the link between shared EU values and volunteering.
It has become clear through the activities of this project that volunteering certainly helps to bring people and places together, and that it provides both the space and the opportunity for people to bond over – and to nurture – their shared interests and values.
The exhibition will be travelling to various events throughout Scotland in March and early April 2019. Please get in touch for more information about the exhibition events.
Find out more about the Get Connected project here.