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6 June 2005

MSP HELPS OUT FOR VOLUNTEERS’ WEEK IN FRASERBURGH

Banff & Buchan MSP Stewart Stevenson will be lending his support to Volunteers’ Week at an event in Fraserburgh tomorrow (Tuesday).

Volunteers’ Week is a chance to celebrate the contribution made by the 22 million volunteers who give up their time to help organisations and communities across the UK.

North Aberdeenshire Volunteer Network plans to mark Volunteers’ Week with a ‘Thank You’ event for volunteers to be held at Aden Country Park. They will also be taking part in the launch of the gardening project at Dover Lodge, 117 Charlotte Street, Fraserburgh at 3.10pm on 7 June. This event marks the start of the environmental phase of the Fraserburgh Practical Health Project and involves a group of pupils from Lochpots School. MSP Stewart Stevenson will be there to offer support and encouragement as well as demonstrating his gardening skills.

Mr Stevenson says:

“Anything I can do to raise the profile of volunteering and encourage young people to become involved is positively worthwhile.

“I have been involved in helping to highlight Volunteers’ Week for several years now, ranging from simply being a driver for the Carers’ Support Project to this year assisting the pupils of Lochpots School with their project.

“This demonstrates the huge range and breadth of opportunities available for people to get involved in their local community and to enjoy themselves whilst at the same time making a positive contribution.”

Mary Cox, Network Co-ordinator at the Volunteer Centre, says:

“If you’re not already volunteering then Volunteers’ Week is a fantastic opportunity to find out what you can do and how you can get started. Modern volunteering is enjoyable and flexible and can give you skills for a new career, as well as improving your well being and reducing stress and depression.”

To find out more about volunteering opportunities in your area contact Mary on 01771 622111.
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