Love Our Volunteers – they contribute over £60m to local economy

Volunteers’ Week Scotland (1-7 June) is another opportunity to tell the thousands of volunteers in the Scottish Borders just how much they are loved and needed in the area.

Volunteer Centre Borders (VCB) is teaming up with thousands of charities and voluntary organisations across Scotland in a celebration of the vital contribution made by volunteers. Every day of Volunteers’ Week Scotland, VCB will be featuring inspirational stories from volunteers across the area on its website www.vcborders.org.uk

VCB Executive Officer, Gordon Brown, said: “The Scottish Borders would not be as healthy and vibrant without its network of volunteers. Volunteers’ Week Scotland is a chance to acknowledge the thousands of volunteers in the area who everyday take part in actvities which address such issues as social isolation, deprivation, inactivity and inequality and contribute to sporting and cultural pursuits.

“Over five million hours are ‘volunteered’ every year in the Scottish Borders and this is worth at least £60m to the local economy*. Of course, the true value of volunteering is priceless – without it our lives and communities would be a lot poorer in every sense.”

Allan Johnstone, Acting Chief Executive, Voluntary Action Scotland said: “Volunteers are part of the social fabric of Scotland and are at the heart of creating local social capital.

“Strengthening social connections and networks within communities; encouraging people to become active citizens; building local resilience.

“Volunteer Centre Borders is the backbone of volunteering in the Scottish Borders – they work hard, behind the scenes, to open up volunteering to all. Voluntary Action Scotland is delighted to join them in celebrating and recognising the contribution of volunteers this Volunteers’ Week.”  

Linda