Volunteer’s week 1st – 7th June 2020                                          

It would be hard to imagine the past few months without the fantastic volunteer response to the coronavirus pandemic, who collectively have supported communities and individuals during this challenging time, all over the country.

Volunteers’ Week each year is a ‘time to celebrate’ and thank all the volunteers in the UK for the support and services they provide throughout the year. However, this year feels particularly important to mark this week and share our thanks and gratitude to all volunteers.

The Scotland Cares campaign, launched in March this year, links British Red Cross and Volunteer Scotland schemes to local authority and third sector activity in communities, creating a pool of volunteers for local organisations to draw upon and deploy as required.

Volunteers are matched with local needs in a range of organisational settings, when those needs arise. It is up to the requesting organisation to decide how and when volunteers are deployed.

Since March, over 75,000 people have volunteered their services to the campaign.

·       35,077 sign-ups to Volunteer Scotland to support charities and community groups

·       18,640 sign-ups to the British Red Cross to support public services

·       23,029 health and social care workers returning to work, and students joining the service

To find out the many ways you can show your appreciation for volunteers in your community, visit the website → Volunteer’s Week

To learn about the many different ways you can support your community, visit Ready Scotland