Borders urged to Think Differently about volunteering
'Think Differently', was launched on 31st March at the Langlee Community Centre in Galashiels, and it urges individuals, communities and organisations in the area to consider innovative approaches to volunteering to tackle issues such as social isolation, exclusion, deprivation, inactivity and inequality.
The manifesto focuses on three areas:
• Changing perceptions about what a volunteer is and what volunteering actually means
• Realising volunteering can be done by anyone, anywhere, anytime
• Providing creative opportunities, support and environments for people to volunteer.
VCB Executive Officer, Gordon Brown, said: "Community action is one of the Scottish Borders most defining traits; more people volunteer here than almost anywhere else in Scotland. Around five million hours of volunteering contributes £75m to the local economy every year.
"But as priorities and society change, so must approaches to volunteering if we want to make the Borders happier, healthier and more prosperous."
"Volunteer Centre Borders want to develop new initiatives such as micro-volunteering and employer-supported volunteering as well as build upon existing volunteering opportunities but we can only do that with support from people across the area.
A downloadable PDF of the VCB Manifesto can be found here