Volunteers week 2018

Linlithgow Community Development Trust was joined by Fiona Hyslop MSP to celebrate the huge contribution made by volunteers in Linlithgow as part of national Volunteers Week Scotland.

Linlithgow Community Development Trust, in partnership with Linlithgow Young People Project, is teaming up with thousands of charities and voluntary organisations across Scotland in a celebration of the vital contribution made by volunteers. This year the theme is ‘Volunteering For All,’ to highlight that volunteering is for everyone.

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 gatherings.

Linlithgow Community Development Trust is running two events on Monday 11th June, a daytime roadshow to encourage young people to volunteer and an evening celebration.
‘We Heart Our Volunteers’ is an evening celebration, 7-9pm in the Marches Marquee at the Rugby Club. The event is a great opportunity for organisations to bring their volunteers together to celebrate their success and be thanked by the community for all their contributions. All community groups and their volunteers are invited to come along and join the celebration!

To recognise Year of Young People 2018, LCDT asked a group of young from Linlithgow’s Young People Project if they would organise the event. This experience will earn them a Bronze Saltire Award to be presented on the night. The Saltire Awards is a scheme deigned to encourage and recognise young people’s volunteering, the difference they make and the valuable experience gained.

Chief Executive of Volunteer Scotland, George Thomson said,

“Volunteering is absolutely for everyone. While we celebrate the diversity of Scotland’s volunteering nation we should also recognise that more still needs to be done if volunteering is to be truly representative of our society. Those who are not engaged are who have the most to gain from volunteering, and we need to change to evaluate participation for everyone.
Volunteers’ Week is a great occasion to recognise volunteers and celebrate the difference volunteering makes to each and every community. It’s also a time to reflect on how we can work together to make the offer of volunteering truly one that is open to all.”

For more details contact Katherine Orr on kateorr32@yahoo.co.uk or Pamela Barnes on pamela@trust-linlithgow.org.uk