It was a great turn out for the launch of Volunteer Inverclyde ...
... our new project to facilitate and encourage volunteering across the region via the www.volunteerinverclyde.com portal – providing support for both volunteers and placement organisations.
During this Volunteers' Week 2018, our CEO Ian Bruce and Volunteer Development Officer Catriona MacLeod, welcomed special guests including Provost Martin Brennan, Inverclyde Council Leader Stephen McCabe, Ronnie Cowan MP and Stuart McMillan MSP, and some sponsors of our forthcoming Reach for the Stars – Inverclyde Community Awards 2018, Laura Cushnaghan of Oak Mall Shopping Centre and David Shaw of the Waterfront Cinema where the awards ceremony will take place this November.
www.volunteerinverclyde.com allows new volunteers to create their own profile and access opportunities throughout Inverclyde. Once registered with an opportunity, volunteers will benefit from direct and secure two-way communications with the organisation, and be able to log their own hours. At the same time, organisations can create, edit and delete volunteer opportunities through the platform, as well as log volunteer hours.
"We know that our local volunteers contribute to make Inverclyde a better place through our work with local charities, social enterprises, community groups, voluntary organisations and volunteers," said CVS Inverclyde Chief Executive Ian Bruce. "We want to build on that, encouraging more people to try out volunteering for themselves, by making it far easier to do that through our exciting new website, www.volunteeringinverclyde.com.
"Volunteers benefit through gaining skills, making friends and, generally, feeling far better about themselves. In turn, volunteers can help organisations perform more efficiently and enhance their service delivery. At the end of the day, society is healthier when we all take a little time to look after each other, and volunteering is fundamental to that."
The Volunteer Inverclyde website also carries details of relevant training and events, with a calendar detailing opportunities for volunteers. It incorporates the updated GDPR data protection regulations, so the website can be used with complete confidence.
27% of adults in Scotland - that's over 1.2 million people - have volunteered formally through an organisation or group in the last year. This figure has remained relatively stable for the last 10 years.