Volunteer Centre Western Isles is teaming up with thousands of charities and voluntary
organisations across Scotland in a celebration of the vital contribution made by
From 1-7 June , Volunteers’ Week Scotland will see a huge range of events take place
in communities all over the country, from small awards ceremonies to large celebratory
The Volunteer Centre Western Isles is encouraging all local organisations and clubs
to take the opportunity to celebrate volunteers who dedicate their time, skills,
energy and enthusiasm in communities across the islands.
National Volunteers Week Scotland
22 May 2017
Joint manager, Suzanne Macaulay, said: “Volunteering has a massive positive impact
on the lives of people across the Western Isles; we have one of the highest rates
of volunteering across the UK and are proud of this.”
She said the body provides a toolkit to help people get involved in volunteers week
and they are keen to hear from organisations planning to take part.
“We will be sharing volunteer stories to highlight the amazing volunteering taking
place across the Western Isles,” she added.
Volunteers are vital to the strength and vitality of Scottish society, with their
work valued at £2.6 billion every year.
Recent research found that Scotland’s young people are particularly engaged, with
participation now at 52% - nearly double the adult figure of 27%.
With so many people volunteering, there are a huge range of achievements to celebrate.
Whether working to improve the local environment, spending time with people who need
help, or providing other kinds of essential services and support, the efforts made
by volunteers make an invaluable difference to the lives of people and communities
As well as celebrating the work of existing volunteers, Volunteers’ Week Scotland
offers a new opportunity for voluntary organisations to promote the benefits that
volunteering can bring. The week can also help highlight how people can access opportunities
and overcome any barriers they might be facing.