Volunteers have had a key role in the response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and will continue play a vital part in our ongoing recovery. This comes at a time when…
The Scottish Volunteering Forum is a collaborative group of volunteering leaders representing cross-sector organisations that are committed to developing and improving volunteer participation in Scotland. We exist to influence the strategic landscape and champion innovative approaches using our collective intelligence and expertise.
About Volunteering in Scotland
In 2017, about 28% of the adult population in Scotland volunteered, contributing approximately £2.26 billion to the Scottish economy. Despite, this, some individuals and groups still find it harder to access volunteering opportunities or just haven’t even considered it as an option.
The rates of volunteering across the whole Scottish population have now been static for many years. All the evidence tells us that volunteering rates need to increase if we are going to make Scotland a happier, healthier and more prosperous place to live.
Volunteering brings enormous benefits and enjoyment, not only to beneficiaries, but to communities, and to volunteers themselves. We know that among other things, volunteering increases social and civil participation, empowers communities, and reduces loneliness and isolation. It can also improve mental and physical health, support the development of job and life skills, and foster a greater sense of belonging.Aileen Campbell MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Local Government and Communities
What We Do
We believe volunteering should be accessible to all, regardless of backgrounds or perceived barriers. To increase the number of people realising the benefits of volunteering in Scotland, we need to change the narrative. It needs to become a social norm to volunteer, where opportunity or expectation is not limited by upbringing and social circumstance.
We facilitate thematic discussions so that a wide range of cross-sector organisations can share their volunteering experience and expertise, and use the intelligence gathered to influence the strategic landscape.
The Scottish Volunteering Forum is profoundly disappointed in the recent Scottish Government budget for 2022/23 and the impact this will have on supporting volunteering in Scotland. The forum fully supports…
The Scottish Volunteering Forum periodically responds to consultations which are relevant to volunteering in Scotland, utilising the views and experiences of our members. Below are some of our responses for…
The Scottish Volunteering Forum have committed to hosting discussions on a range of themes to inform the implementation of the Volunteering for All Outcomes Framework. These discussions are attended by…