Volunteer Week 1-7th June 2006
To celebrate National
Volunteer Week 2006 Volunteering Highland Caithness hosted a Volunteer
Award Ceremony in Wick town Hall on Tuesday 6th June attended by
representatives of the voluntary sector and family members.
MV Youth Volunteering
certificates were presented by Councillor Bill Fernie to 11 young
people from around Caithness. A total of 6 Bronze, 3 silver and 2 gold
certificates were gained by young people volunteering with a range of
voluntary organisations from i.e., sport, charity shops, uniform
groups and the care sector. MV awards are endorsed by the Scottish
Executive in recognition of the excellent work done by 16-25 year old
volunteers. Currently 62% of all registered volunteers in Caithness
are under the age of 25.
Bill Fernie Presented Certificates To
David Steven Receives
Employer Supported Volunteering Award
Additionally, Mr David
Steven was in attendance to receive an Employer Supported Volunteering
Award which was presented to D Steven & Son haulage contractors by
Catherine Patterson Development Officer for Volunteering Highland.
This award was presented to Mr Steven in recognition for his company’s
outstanding contribution to the voluntary sector in Caithness.
A survey of voluntary
sector personnel unanimously agreed that not only has the business
supported organisations and events for many years by donating vehicles
and equipment, but that staff have also volunteered their services to
drive vehicles, for example to support Gala and town events. Mr Fernie
said in his speech “many in the businesses in Caithness contribute
equipment, time and materials in support of the voluntary sector and
without their help many activities would struggle to continue”
Volunteering Facts - Scotland
Almost 1.52 million adults
volunteer formally and informally on a regular basis in Scotland. The
adult population of Scotland (16 years and over) is around 4 million.
Almost 8.8 million hours
are volunteered in Scotland each month
This equates to £446
million contributed to the Scottish Economy each year
How many people in Scotland volunteer?
38% of adults in
Scotland had volunteered to help others in the past year
What do Scotland’s volunteers do?
Helping to raise money
Organising, helping to run
an event (12%)
Serving on a committee
Providing a service or
offering support (10%)
Helping with sports or
recreational activities (10%)
Campaigning or advocacy
administration or office activities (3%)
Working in the
·Source: The NFO System 3 Poll, August 2002 commissioned by VDS
Volunteer Development Scotland, the national centre for volunteer
Young Scot, the organisation for young people
Work with us, the Scottish Voluntary Sector Portal
An increasing proportion of Britain's 22 million volunteers are supported
by their employer, either in work time or outside of work hours. This is
known as Employee Volunteering.
Volunteering in UK