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Volunteering In Caithness

 

Volunteers Week
1 - 7 June 2004
Caithness Groups  - Get In touch With Bill Fernie bill@caithness.org to feature any event connected to Volunteers Week 2004

20/20 Vision – Take Another Look At Volunteering
Volunteers Week
A 6ft by 4ft Thank You Card to Scotland’s 1.52 million volunteers forms the centrepiece of the 20th anniversary Volunteers Week in Scotland from June 1- June 7 2004. This year the Scottish theme of Volunteers Week is 20/20 vision: ‘Take Another Look At Volunteering’.

 

There will be a launch event on Tuesday 1 June at Hampden Park stadium, Glasgow consisting of a photo call and a media conference commencing at 10.30 a.m. The media conference will highlight and raise awareness about the Sport 21- Target 10 Volunteering In Sport strategy and young people from sports clubs, volunteers and Scottish sports legends will be invited to play a part in this celebratory launch. Volunteers Week is working in partnership with sportscotland, the Scottish Sports Association and sport’s governing bodies.

The Volunteering In Sport strategy aims to sustain 150,000 volunteers in their contribution to the development and delivery of Scottish sport and is supported by the Scottish Executive.

During Volunteers Week lots of events will be held across the country to celebrate the achievements of volunteers and thank them for the vital contribution they make to community life.

This includes the Michael Kuzmak ‘Imagine Volunteering’ photographic exhibition which will be at Ocean Terminal in Edinburgh as part of the Art In The Mall exhibition from 10 –13 June. The exhibition features a number of inspiring images of volunteers in action and will be touring Scotland throughout 2004 and 2005. It was commissioned by Volunteer Development Scotland and aims to challenge the stereotypical images so often associated with volunteering, and to show the nitty-gritty, crucial and multi-faceted volunteering work that goes on unpaid in Scottish society.

Volunteers Week is also about recruiting new volunteers. The www.volunteerscotland.org.uk  website plays a key role in volunteer recruitment and is co-ordinated by the Volunteer Centre Network. The website already has over 26,000 volunteer opportunities registered from all over Scotland and has 4,500 organisations registered online.

Kathryn MacKenzie, Convenor of the Volunteer Centre Scotland Network states: “There is no such thing as a typical volunteer – every year Volunteer Centres see a wide range of people volunteering, of all ages, equal numbers of men and women – from all backgrounds, races and beliefs. Many volunteers have disabilities or impairments and still play an active part in their community and get a lot of satisfaction and enjoyment out of being a volunteer. We would love to encourage more people to take another look at volunteering”

The vast range of volunteering opportunities available reflects the different reasons that people have for volunteering and their different backgrounds and interests.

Examples of volunteering opportunities include: befriending, campaigning and advocacy work, counselling, driving, practical/DIY, home based volunteering, virtual volunteering, health volunteering, helping people with learning disabilities, catering, disaster/emergency relief, IT work, sports and recreation, charity shops, gardening, tutoring, youth work, arts and heritage volunteering. To get the full range and diversity of what’s available across Scotland look at www.volunteerscotland.org.uk

George Thomson, Chief Executive, Volunteer Development Scotland states: “Passion, energy, commitment, life experiences, fun and diversity …Volunteers Week 2004 highlights all of these volunteer characteristics and more. Volunteering can have a positive impact. Depending upon the type of volunteering undertaken, it can improve health, provide an active social life or present new challenges. It can also improve career prospects and is a great way to develop new skills, build confidence and demonstrate drive and initiative. Make Volunteers Week the time you have another look at volunteering and what you can achieve through it”

Volunteers Week is co-ordinated by Volunteer Development Scotland in partnership with the Volunteer Centre Network. This year, Volunteers Week is also joining forces with Giving Nation’s ‘G-Week’, which works with schools to raise young people’s awareness of volunteering and how they can get involved. It is hoped that the partnership will encourage voluntary groups to build partnerships with schools and vice versa.

Doug Anthoney, Giving Nation Scotland Officer says: 'Giving Nation is delighted this year to coordinate our annual schools Giving Week in Scotland with Volunteers Week. For young people school can be an excellent place to discover volunteering, and by supporting volunteering schools can help pupils to learn good citizenship. We encourage charities that benefit from pupil volunteering to use the week to celebrate and recognise their contribution.'

Volunteers Week is actively supported by celebrities such as Ally McCoist, Dougie Vipond, Karen Dunbar, Michael Mols, George Bowie, Billy Boyd, Scotland’s Three Tenors, Ant and Dec, Davina McCall, Eammon Holmes and Fiona Phillips from GMTV, Liz McClarnon from Atomic Kitten, Lisa Maxwell from The Bill, Ryan Thomas from Coronation Street, Tony Audenshaw from Emmerdale and Jack McConnell, First Minister.

Volunteering Facts - Scotland
· Almost 1.52 million adults volunteer formally and informally on a regular basis in Scotland. The adult population of Scotland (16 years and over) is around 4 million.
· Almost 8.8 million hours are volunteered in Scotland each month
· This equates to £446 million contributed to the Scottish Economy each year
How many people in Scotland volunteer?
· 38% of adults in Scotland had volunteered to help others in the past year
What do Scotland’s volunteers do?
· Helping to raise money (24%)
· Organising, helping to run an event (12%)
· Serving on a committee (10%)
· Providing a service or offering support (10%)
· Helping with sports or recreational activities (10%)
· Campaigning or advocacy (3%)
· Helping with administration or office activities (3%)
· Working in the environment (2%)
Source: The NFO System 3 Poll, August 2002 commissioned by VDS

Giving Nation
· Giving Nation is a citizenship education programme for schools. It aims to switch young people (ages 11-16) on to charity and community and give them the tools they need to tackle the issues they care about. Giving Nation offers free teaching materials, an interactive website for young people on charity www.g-nation.co.uk  and an annual summer Giving Week for schools to celebrate, take action and reflect on pupil achievements for charity and community. For more information contact Doug Anthoney on tel.0131 474 6165 or email doug.anthoney@scvo.org.uk Giving Nation is a project of the Citizenship Foundation and is delivered in Scotland by Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations.

www.vds.org.uk/volunteersweek
www.volunteerscotland.org.uk 
www.g-nation.co.uk 
Volunteer Development Scotland, the national centre for volunteer development
http://www.vds.org.uk
Young Scot, the organisation for young people
http://www.youngscot.org
Work with us, the Scottish Voluntary Sector Portal
http://www.workwithus.org.uk
Employee volunteering
An increasing proportion of Britain's 22 million volunteers are supported by their employer, either in work time or outside of work hours. This is known as Employee Volunteering.
http://www.employeevolunteering.org.uk/

See Also
Volunteering in UK
Worldwide Volunteering