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This year’s Volunteers’ Week slogan is a Time to Celebrate. A huge big thank you to all the people involved in bringing volunteering to life.
What a pleasure to be a guest of Maslow's Community Shop in Govan yesterday (Thursday 25 April) for the launch of the Scottish Government's new Volunteering Outcomes Framework by Cabinet Secretary Aileen Campbell MSP.
That was one of the newspaper headlines that captured the story of May Barker who travelled with Volunteer Scotland to Brussels to celebrate the final “Get Connected – Volunteering and Shared Values” roadshow at the end of March.
Volunteer Scotland, the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Design Informatics and Northumbria University, have been exploring the opportunities of blockchain technology with organisations in the sector. The first report looks at the findings from workshop 1 on Identity Management.
Volunteering. Many of us give our time freely where, and when, we can - whether it be formal or informal. However it seems that people can be a little bit shy in discussing it.
Purpose. That is what I felt when I first heard about the Get Connected project. In an afternoon workshop, Volunteer Scotland was talking about a project that, in my view, wanted to get to the root of the question of how to help communities thrive…or to at least help them to get started on that journey.
Volunteering is a positive way to contribute and gain for all involved. I became involved as a volunteer after my son told me about a CommUnity Bubble (Conversation Salon) meeting he had attended as part of the Get Connected project.
We know that volunteering can have a positive impact on individual wellbeing, with benefits for both volunteers themselves and their communities, and many volunteers offer direct support for service users or clients to overcome unexpected challenges or emotionally difficult situations.
Only 11% of Scotland’s sick and disabled volunteered in 2016, a shockingly low figure compared to the adult participation rate of 27%. What does this mean for an inclusive and fairer Scotland?
Douglas Maxwell, ALISS Programme Manager, blogs about their new Volunteer Crowdsourcing Programme.
The ALISS Programme helps people find and share resources that support health and wellbeing.