There is a great tradition of volunteering in Aberdeen. Figures highlight that “local authority groupings” in the North East of Scotland, which includes Aberdeen city, have the highest levels of volunteering in Scotland (1) Research by the Economic and Social research council highlighted that high levels of volunteering in Aberdeen were contributing to ‘quality of life indicators’ such as ‘greater fulfilment and satisfaction’, helping make Aberdeen a happier place (2).
What is Volunteering?
“The giving of time and energy through a third party, which can bring measurable benefits to the volunteer, individual beneficiaries, groups and organisations, communities, environment and society at large. It is a choice undertaken of ones own free will, and is not motivated primarily for financial gain or for a wage or salary”.
The Denis Law Legacy Trust’s Streetsport programme want to ensure we have a city and programme where:
During 2015 volunteers in Streetsport contributed over 2090 hours of volunteering! an incredible amount and one which really shows why Streetsport has had such a great year. This huge contribution contributed nearly £16,000 towards the programme in in-kind volunteering.
You will benefit in a variety of ways and will gain experience as part of a dedicated and enthusiastic team.
You can even suggest ways of contributing to the delivery of our activities and programme and also enhance your CV and potential career path by obtaining certificates and qualifications.
Volunteering with Streetsport? aged between 16 and 25? If the answer to both questions is yes then every hour you contribute can go towards what is known as a Saltire Award. Click here for our dedicated Saltire Awards page.
Volunteering with Streetsport and aged over 25? not to worry! we feel volunteering should be recognised no matter what your age and as such have created the Denis Law Legacy Trust volunteer programme. Similar to the Saltire awards you can log your volunteering hours with us and work your way towards volunteering milestones such as 50,100, 200, 300 and 500.
The Volunteer Friendly Award:
The Denis Law Legacy Trust is also currently the only sporting organisation in the country to hold the Volunteer Friendly award. The Volunteer Friendly Award is a user-friendly quality standard designed to support, recognise and reward groups who are good at involving volunteers. As mentioned before many essential services in Scotland’s communities are enhanced by volunteers. Volunteering also has a significant social value as it is increasingly being used to give excluded individuals the chance to build their confidence and skills through helping others.
It has never been more important for groups to be able to show how good they are at involving and managing their volunteers and this award proves just that. The Volunteer Friendly award is about recognising groups that are good at working with volunteers And it’s about rewarding the organisations that are working hard to recognise and create a safe but fun environment for their volunteers contributions.
Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK, Streetsport are proud to have been associated with this initiative for a number of years now. Volunteers’ Week is a chance to be part of the UK’s biggest celebration of volunteering, recognising the contribution of 23 million people who volunteer in their communities across the UK.
Volunteers’ Week is a long-standing, popular event in the voluntary sector, established in 1984. It is supported and celebrated by small grassroots organisations as well as larger, household-name charities, who together run hundreds of events across the UK. These events showcase and celebrate volunteers and the contribution volunteering makes in our communities.
1 – VDS (Volunteer Development Scotland), research, policy and strategy, statistics, graph 8.
2 – ESCR (Economic and Social research Council), a Health Check of British Democracy: What do we know about participation and its effects in Britain? and related article in the Aberdeen Press and Journal newspaper, “Volunteers Help make Aberdeen a Happy Place”.
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