MSP backs year of volunteering

Local SNP MSP Adam Ingram has joined forces with Focus Scotland Magazine to make promoting community based volunteering his New Year Resolution.

The campaign aims to get the Scottish public to embark on a volunteering journey in 2013 whilst raising awareness and promoting community volunteering in 2013.

Pledging to support the campaign Mr Ingram signed banners promoting the campaign, which aims to encourage more people in Scotland to volunteer within their community with the hope to see an increase in community involvement throughout the country in 2013.

Following a positive year for the image of volunteering with the successful summer of Games makers with the Olympic Games, Focus Scotland hope that individuals within Scotland continue to volunteer and hope that the campaign will act as a reminder for them of the impact they can have at community level.

Commenting Mr Ingram said: “Volunteering has never been more in the news and I would certainly like to see 2013 as the year we put community volunteering in Scotland clearly on the map. Everyday people throughout Scotland make the lives of themselves and others better by contributing their time, skills and care in a wide variety of ways.

“I know there are many people the length and breadth of the constituency who volunteer. Their valuable contribution to our local communities has enhanced the local area. We need only look to our Community Council members to see the enormous contribution they have made.

“I am backing this campaign because there are benefits for everyone involved and I hope 2013 will be a record year for volunteering.”

If you have any time to donate to and would be interested you can find out more about volunteering by visiting the portal for all volunteering in Scotland or by contacting your local Volunteer Centre.