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Scottish Volunteering Forum

 

The Scottish Volunteering Forum is a group of organisations passionate about increasing volunteering.

Our fundamental principle is working collaboratively for the overall benefit of volunteering in Scotland.

Key aims:

  1. To enable and encourage more people to get involved in volunteering to ensure equality of opportunity for all.
  2. To support quality volunteering experiences, resulting in more people continuing to volunteer.
  3. To lead and enable the realisation of the benefits of volunteering to individuals, organisations and Scottish society.
  4. Gain consensus of the key strategic pillars that will support the overall aims including a commitment to complement each other.

 

About Volunteering in Scotland

Currently approximately 1.3 million adults in Scotland volunteer but some individuals and groups find it harder to access volunteering opportunities or just haven’t even considered it as an option.

We believe volunteering should be accessible to all, regardless of backgrounds or perceived barriers. To increase the number of people realising the benefits of volunteering in Scotland, we need to change the paradigm. It needs to become a social norm to volunteer, where opportunity or expectation is not limited by upbringing and social circumstance. This means there needs to be an entitlement to volunteer that gives equality of opportunity to all.

The rates of volunteering across the whole Scottish population have now been static for many years. All the evidence tells us that volunteering rates need to increase if we are going to make Scotland a happier, healthier and more prosperous place to live.

An entitlement of opportunity for everyone to volunteer would ensure that:

  • Everyone is encouraged and supported to contribute to their communities through volunteering.
  • Strategies and partners establish a culture of volunteering to have a positive impact on people’s lives.
  • Everyone is able to contribute to their communities through volunteering.

Through delivering an entitlement to volunteer more individuals and communities across Scotland will be enabled and empowered to realise the benefits of volunteering.

The Scottish Volunteering Forum wrote Why Volunteering Matters – the case for change as part of our continued work to:

  • Enable and encourage more people to get involved in volunteering to ensure equality of opportunity for all.
  • Support quality volunteering experiences, resulting in more people continuing to volunteer.
  • Lead and enable the realisation of the benefits of volunteering to individuals, organisations and Scottish society.
  • Gain consensus of the key strategic pillars that will support the overall aims including a commitment to complement each other.

 

 

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In 2016 Volunteers’ Week was bigger than ever before – extended to be a 12 day celebration in honour of the Queen’s 90th Birthday.

This meant twelve whole days of sharing stories and news about volunteering. Many used this week to celebrate, to show their pride about volunteering. It was a great opportunity for people to share stories of the difference its made to them and others, to say thank you to volunteers that have helped them and to invite others to get involved.

Next year keep an eye on our twitter account @scotvolforum and the hashtag #VolunteersWeekScot !

 

 

 

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