Call to Volunteer Arms

Lord Provost Donald Wilson has been appointed as Edinburgh’s first Volunteering Ambassador.

The new role is at the invitation of city partners who are finalising the pathway for future volunteering across Edinburgh. The Edinburgh Compact Volunteering Strategy will aim to take volunteering to the next level across communities and neighbourhoods over the next five years.

The Council's new Communities and Neighbourhoods Committee yesterday (November 27) approved a range of measures that will contribute to the strategy, including the development of a volunteering scheme for the council's workforce, a more visible and active citywide volunteer recognition and reward programme and the advancement of the 'Investing in Volunteering' Standard.Compact partners will also undertake a range research to identify the incidence of volunteering in the city and identify the overall impact on the Capital's economy, while secondary schools will continue to incorporate volunteering into their learning programmes.

Lord Provost Donald Wilson said: "I have always been a great supporter and believer in the volunteering sector and I am privileged to become Edinburgh's first Ambassador for Volunteering.

"A third of Edinburgh's residents already volunteer and their contribution is of huge value, not only to those they are supporting, but to the city as a whole.

"I have been particularly impressed by the level of talent and knowledge that people bring forward for the benefit of others and intend to visit projects in the city where volunteering has had a profound and sometimes life-changing impact on the lives of our citizens and visitors.

"We must lead by example and, by contributing to this ambitious action plan, the Council has signalled it's commitment to support the efforts of Compact partners over the next five years."

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