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10 June 2020

Stewart Stevenson Thanks Thousands of North-East Volunteers During Pandemic

SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson has praised the thousands of North-east residents who have signed up to volunteering schemes during the pandemic.

918 have volunteered with the British Red Cross in Aberdeenshire and 401 volunteers in Moray, while 3,453 people across the North-east have signed up to Volunteer Scotland, according to new figures provided by the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe).

While not all volunteers have been called upon, many have started to deliver food parcels, ensure essential supplies and medicines reach vulnerable people and phone those who need assistance or companionship.

Scotland Cares links British Red Cross and Volunteer Scotland schemes to local authority and third sector activity in communities, creating a pool of volunteers for local organisations to draw upon and deploy as required.

Volunteers are matched with local needs in a range of organisational settings when those needs arise. It is up to the requesting organisation to decide how and when volunteers are deployed.

SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson said:

“The pandemic has been difficult for everyone, and many in our communities have depended on the help offered by others.

“The thousands of people in North-east who have volunteered to help are a real credit to their community and I want to thank each and every person who has signed up.

“Not all volunteers have been needed so far, but volunteers will play a critical role in supporting and rebuilding our communities – and many will be asked to help in the weeks and months to come.”

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