Politicians to ‘make a difference’

TWO North-east politicians will be leaving their day jobs behind to go on the shop floor to encourage more people to volunteer for Barnardo’s Scotland as part of national Make a Difference Day on Saturday, October 27.

Gordon MP Sir Malcolm Bruce will be working with Inverurie store manager, Karen Green on Monday, October 29 (from 10.30am) to recruit five new volunteers to the Garioch Centre shop.

North East MSP Mark McDonald will be working with Aberdeen store manager Carol Nicol (from 11am) who is looking for four more retail volunteers.

The politicians will be rolling up their sleeves to make a difference.

Make a Difference Day is the UK’s biggest day of volunteering, and provides opportunities for thousands of people across the country.

This year’s theme is: “Everyone has a skill they can use to help others. What can you do?”

Mr McDonald and Sir Malcolm along with others across Scotland, will be asked what variety of skills they have and what they would like to learn.

More than 50 ministers and members of the Scottish and UK Parliaments are showing their commitment to volunteering and sharing skills with the charity.

Barnardo’s has more than 9,000 volunteers, from all walks of life, who work in the Barnado’s retail department ensuring vital funds are raised to support vulnerable children, young people and families.

The organisation’s aim is to reach out to the most disadvantaged children, young people, families and communities to help ensure that every child has the best possible start in life.

Barnardo’s also tries to make sure that every young person is able to reach their full potential, whatever their circumstances in life.

The charity run more than 98 community-based services across Scotland.