Stirling sees significant increase in volunteer participation rate
The latest Scottish Household Survey has this week revealed an increase in formal volunteering participation in Stirling up to 44%. This is significantly higher than the national participation average of 26%, and an increase from last year of 37%. Some of the most popular opportunities were volunteering with children and in schools, health, disability and wellbeing, physical activity, sport and exercise.
Stirlingshire Voluntary Enterprise (SVE) CEO Natalie Masterson said “This growth in volunteering participation is down to the concerted effort of the amazing volunteers in Stirling. We are proud to be a place where volunteering is at the forefront of community, and City, life. We hope to see this figure increase year on year as it encourages more people to get involved in their own communities.”
2019 saw the start of Stirling’s Alive with Volunteering Project, a coordinated campaign by Stirling Council, Volunteer Scotland and SVE to raise volunteering participation by providing opportunities for the people of Stirling to take part in community life.
Convener of the Community Planning and Regeneration Committee, Councillor Chris Kane said, “Stirling has a long tradition of volunteering and these figures show that the volunteering spirit is healthy and growing across our communities. “In recent months we’ve seen how important it is to have a resilient volunteering core and I’m exceptionally proud of the way experienced volunteers have led the way and new volunteers have stepped forward to help others. I am excited to see this growth in volunteering continue in the years to come.”
With the incredible volunteering response to COVID-19 this year as well, SVE and its partner organisations are focused on ensuring this momentum is maintained across Stirling this year and beyond.