National youth volunteering organisation seeks more charity partners in East Kilbride Linda Fabiani, MSP for East Kilbride, gave her backing last week to ProjectScotland, the national youth volunteering organisation, which is looking for local charities that can offer young people a full-time volunteering position for three months. Linda was speaking during a tour of The Village Centre Hall in East Kilbride, which offers a home to a range of local services, from baby massage classes to Breathe Easy, a support project for people living with lung disease. The Village Centre has just agreed to offer four ProjectScotland volunteering opportunities.
Linda Fabiani MSP said:
“The Scottish Government has made great inroads into reducing youth unemployment – there are now 29,000 fewer young people out of work this year than last.
“But there is still work to do, and we can all make a contribution. That is why I am delighted to support ProjectScotland and the Village Centre. Volunteering is a great way to help young people get on life, and I hope other local charities will consider taking on a volunteer.”
Joanne Gray, manager of the Village Centre said:
“We are pleased to work with ProjectScotland, as everyone wins. We get much needed help in running the Village Centre for the benefit of the community, and our new volunteers will also benefit.
“They will develop new skills, while giving something back to their local community. And we hope they will make new friends while at the Village Centre”.
Rucelle Soutar, Acting Chief Executive of ProjectScotland said:
“The Village Centre is exactly the kind of partner we are looking for – a local charity that is at the heart of the community.
“We work with hundreds of charities across Scotland, matching them with 1,000 volunteers a year. Our objective is simple, to help young people get on in life, while supporting local charities.”
Picture is of Linda Fabiani MSP, Joanne Grey, The Village Centre and Rucelle Soutar of ProjectScotland
ProjectScotland gives young adults aged 18 to 30 experiences of work and a chance to realise their potential while volunteering with local charities.
ProjectScotland places 1000 volunteers a year with charity partners throughout Scotland. Each opportunity lasts a minimum of three months
Since its launch, over 4,000 ProjectScotland volunteers have carried out work with more than 300 Scottish charities – contributing more than 2.5 million hours of volunteering to local communities
Each volunteer is offered a trained mentor who gives them weekly support and guidance Seven out of ten ProjectScotland volunteers go onto employment, education or training and:
o 93% say it had a positive impact on their life
o 81% say it gave them an edge when looking for a job
o 87% say they will volunteer in the future
For more information: www.projectscotland.co.uk
The Village Centre provides a range of services for the local community in East Mains, West Mains, and the Village areas of East Kilbride and their environs. Services include routes into employment, childcare, older people services, youth provision and support for vulnerable members of the community.
For more information: www.thevillagecentre.co.uk