Category Archives: Voluntary Sector

COVEY Befriending

At the beginning of this month I attended the South Lanarkshire Saltire Awards which recognise the work of young volunteers. I was invited to the ceremony to present Daryle Cochrane with a Summit award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to … Continue reading

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Marking 30 years of Volunteer Scotland

Volunteering was the subject of a double celebration in Parliament recently to mark thirty years of Volunteer Scotland and Volunteers’ Week. The event celebrated the difference that millions of volunteers across the UK make in their community. According to the … Continue reading

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Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire

I recently got the opportunity to attend the AGM of Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire (VASLan). VASLan is an organisation dedicated to supporting the voluntary and community sectors in South Lanarkshire by providing help to groups and individuals who want to … Continue reading

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Community Volunteering 2013

Last December ‘Focus Scotland’ came to the Scottish Parliament to help launch their campaign to make 2013 the year to volunteer.  I was delighted to add my support to their campaign. Focus Scotland Magazine aims to encourage members of the … Continue reading

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The Food Train alights at Parliament

At the end of November I was pleased to get the chance to welcome the Food Train to Parliament. The charity, which was established in Dumfries and Galloway in 1995, has developed a partnership of local shops and volunteers to deliver groceries … Continue reading

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Search for Commonwealth Volunteers

Earlier this month, the organisers of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games launched their search for volunteers to help at the games. Glasgow 2014 are aiming to gather up to 15,000 volunteers to fulfil a range of roles assisting spectators, athletes … Continue reading

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You can depend on the CAB

A new report from the Fraser of Allander Institute has demonstrated the economic benefits of the Citizens Advice Service in Scotland. According to the report, the CAB service benefits Scotland to the tune of more than £160m a year including … Continue reading

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Supporting the Food Train

At the start of the Parliament’s recess I met with representatives of the Food Train, a charity providing support to older people to allow them to live independently at home. The charity, which was established in Dumfries and Galloway in 1995, has developed a … Continue reading

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SCVO Reception

I was delighted to attend the SCVO reception in the Garden Lobby of the Scottish Parliament last night. During the reception I met representatives from a wide range of third sector organisations including Scottish Environment Link, RSPB Scotland, The Association for … Continue reading

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