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Volunteers’ Week 2021

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Volunteers Week is an annual celebration of the contribution millions of people make across the UK through volunteering.

It’s the 37th year of Volunteers’ Week and this year it’s time to say, ‘Thank You Volunteers!’

Join us in celebrating and thanking all Scotlands volunteers!

#VolunteersWeekScot Find out more here: https://www.volunteersweek.scot


Alan McCloskey, CEO of Voluntary Sector Gateway West Lothian, would like to take this opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to all the wonderful volunteers in West Lothian.


Meet some of our staff team who are part of the Volunteers’ Week planning subgroup! We have been meeting regularly via Zoom to plan our celebrations for #VolunteersWeekScot


Volunteer Case Studies/Thank You Videos

Cameron McConnachie – Toastmasters

Reece Groves – West Lothian College

Rebecca – Cyrenians

Linlithgow Young People’s Project

West Lothian Council

NHS Lothian Vaccination Centre Volunteers


Volunteer Friendly Award

What is the Volunteer Friendly Award?
The Volunteer Friendly Award is a user-friendly quality standard to support, recognise and reward groups who are good at involving volunteers.

Many essential services in Scotland’s communities are enhanced by volunteers. The Scottish Government recognises that volunteering matters and it’s all about new experiences, feeling good and making a difference.

It’s never been more important for groups to be able to show how good they are at involving and managing their volunteers. We believe regardless of your group or organisation size or set up you should be rewarded and recognised for the difference your volunteer programme makes.

The Volunteer Friendly Award was redeveloped in 2021 by Volunteer Scotland and the TSI Scotland Network. The standard, process and offer have been refreshed and achievable requirements set for each level of your volunteer programme. The new process allows more groups to engage with the Volunteer Friendly Award and be recognised for the work they do.

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