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Volunteering Highland  - Caithness

Volunteering In Caithness

Volunteer Week
1 - 7 June 2006

Caithness Volunteer Award Reception
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 Young Volunteers

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 (24%)

  • Organising, helping to run an event (12%)

  • Serving on a committee (10%)

  • Providing a service or offering support (10%)

  • Helping with sports or recreational activities (10%)

  • Campaigning or advocacy (3%)

  • Helping with administration or office activities (3%)

  •  Working in the environment (2%)

·Source: The NFO System 3 Poll, August 2002 commissioned by VDS

Volunteer Development Scotland, the national centre for volunteer development
Young Scot, the organisation for young people
Work with us, the Scottish Voluntary Sector Portal
Employee volunteering
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.

See Also
Volunteering in UK
Worldwide Volunteering