December Newsletter

12 December 2018

Below is our final newsletter of 2018. It includes new research publications, highlights and guidance from the year, plus more. If you would like to subscribe to 'Our Newsletter' click here.

XmasWith 2018 coming to a close I thought I'd reflect on the first ever Year of Young People. YoYP was a chance to not only celebrate our young volunteers but also to listen and engage on equal terms. At our youth conference, a group of young people led the discussion into how more of their peers can engage in volunteering, particularly those currently excluded. What emerged was a better understanding of the challenge, great ideas for change and a clearer view of the future (alongside countless inspiring stories). If volunteering can make the change from 2019 on then our future is in very safe hands. On this spirit of inspiration and optimism I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

- George Thomson, CEO


Stirling's bid for European Volunteering Capital 2020

Unfortunately, Stirling has narrowly missed out on the chance to be the next European Volunteering Capital 2020, losing out to the Italian city of Padua.

Festival Of Volunteering 1

The city has vowed to continue with its plans for a year-long festival of volunteering in 2020, Volunteering EXPO in 2021 and has renewed its commitment to increasing volunteering participation to 50%. Stirling's bid was led by Stirling Council, Stirlingshire Voluntary Enterprise and Volunteer Scotland.

Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government Aileen Campbell said:

"It is disappointing to hear that Stirling has lost out to Padua as European Volunteering Capital 2020. I know regardless of the result, the city will continue with its year-long volunteering festival and other events across the year. Volunteers make a vital contribution to our communities, sharing their time with people and organisations that need support. Their commitment and dedication knows no bounds. There are so many benefits of volunteering, not just to the recipients but for the volunteers themselves. Volunteering is key to our ambition of creating a fairer and more prosperous country for all and I would encourage more people to consider volunteering in their local communities."

Read more here


New Research Publications

h&w squareThe Volunteering, Health and Wellbeing report

We’ve undertaken a critical appraisal of evidence to understand the contribution of volunteering to volunteers’ health and wellbeing. We were pleased to support International Volunteer Day (5th Dec) with the publication of this report. Click here to view the reports and findings.


map squareVolunteering Trends in Scotland (2007 - 2017)

To better understand the volunteering landscape in Scotland, we have completed a longitudinal analysis of the Scottish Household Survey (SHS) from 2007 – 2017. Click here to view the Full & Summary reports plus more.


Youth conf squareCreating a more inclusive future for youth volunteering' conference outputs

Volunteer Scotland hosted this conference in Stirling in September. The goal of the event was to develop a series of actions to engage more young people in volunteering, especially those subject to some form of exclusion. Working with four representatives from the Youth VIP Team and 20 partner organisations, the conference involved a mixture of presentations, workshops, an open space session and a youth panel. Click here to view all conference outputs.


Guidance and information

gdprGeneral Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force on 25th May 2018

At the start of the year SCVO ran an initiative to help charities and voluntary organisations understand more about data protection and GDPR. If you have any questions or are unsure about the legislation relating to GDPR please refer to these guides.


charter squareLearn about our 'Volunteer Charter' for involving and engaging volunteers

In order to advertise volunteering opportunities on our website organisations must now agree to our 'Volunteer Charter'. The Charter sets out the key principles on which volunteering is organised and how good relations between paid staff and volunteers are built. Read more here


Annual report squareVolunteer Scotland's Annual Report

The Volunteer Scotland Annual Report was presented to our members and board at our AGM in October. Available to view here on our website, it includes a message from our Chair Rhona Harper, Our Performance Highlights, Our Values, plus more.


ds vid squareDisclosure Services' new guidance videos

We know that the Disclosure Checks (PVGs) process can seem complicated so we've made sure the guidance isn't. Check out the new 'Completing the forms' guidance videos here.



Campaigns and Events

VolWeek squareVolunteers' Week 2018 - best year yet!

Thank you to everyone that helped us celebrate the diversity of Scotland's volunteers and volunteering throughout this years Volunteers' Week. For the figures and highlights from this years campaign click here. The Volunteers' Week sub group have met and plans for 2019 are taking shape, watch this space!


Festival squareStirling's Festival of Volunteering 2018

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. Read more about this years' Festival here and subscribe for Festival News & Updates.


yoyp sqaureYear of Young People 2018

Scotland's first ever Year of Young People is almost over. We are proud to of been one of the many organisations supporting and hope to continue the celebration of Scotland's young people. Head to the YoYP website for their 'latest chat'.


IBBA squareFor this year's St Andrews Day #MakeSomeonesDay campaign we chose to highlight our support of IBBA Girls School

IBBA Girls School aims to educate and empower young women with the values, knowledge and skills for life, work, and leadership in their local communities and at all levels, in South Sudan. Click here to read more about the school and how you can become a supporter.


RudolphFrom Everyone At Volunteer Scotland