Volunteer’s Week hailed a success

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A SERIES of events held around Aberdeenshire to promote volunteering in the community has been hailed as a success by its organisers.

The events, organised by Volunteer Centre Aberdeenshire, coincinded with volunteers’ week, which aims to highlight work done by those who give their time and effort to community spirited activities, as well as linking up voluntary groups with others who are able to help them.

At the Inverurie event, held on Tuesday 7 June in the town’s Acorn Centre, local and national volunteer organisations displayed information about the work they do, and how invaluable volunteers are to their continued existence. The event was well attended, with many of those visiting the stands expressing their genuine surprise at the range of volunteering opportunities available, according to organisers.

Amongst the local and regional groups attending were Aberdeen Forward, the Acorn Centre, Dialogue Youth/Young Scot, Grampian Opportunities, the Harlaw Centre/Pitscurry Project and the WRVS. National groups were also well represented at the event, and included The British Heart Foundation Scotland, Save the Children, The National Trust for Scotland, Xchange Scotland and Carr-Gomm Scotland – all of which offer local volunteering opportunities for those who are interested.

Edith MacDonald, a Development Officer with Volunteer Centre Aberdeenshire, is based in Inverurie but has a remit to cover the whole of Central Aberdeenshire. Speaking afterwards, she declared the event a success and thanked all who had contributed towards it.

“Our aim during Volunteers’ Week was to raise the profile of volunteering, and I think it is safe to say we achieved our goal”, she said. “Thank you to everyone who came along – volunteers and members of the public alike – we hope you enjoyed the diversity of information on offer”.

Volunteer Centre Aberdeenshire has further information on volunteering in Central Aberdeenshire available on their website at www.vcaberdeenshire.org.uk, as well as through their Inverurie office on 01467 626060. Local volunteering opportunities can also be found on the Volunteer Scotland website at www.volunteerscotland.org.uk.