Deborah Mooney

Digital Engagement Officer | Comms Team


It was Volunteers’ Week this week – from the 1st to the 7th of June, volunteers were celebrated the length and breadth of the country!
A national campaign run by NCVO and Volunteer Scotland, Volunteers’ Week aims to recognise and celebrate the excellent work being carried out by volunteers in Scotland and the rest of the UK.

Volunteers’ Week gives voluntary organisations the chance to say thanks to their own volunteers and many of them hosted events to do just that – GCVS Members Aberlour and The Women’s Centre organised afternoon teas to say thanks, an ideal way to show appreciation of volunteers’ hard work!

Here at GCVS, we work closely with Volunteer Glasgow as part of Glasgow’s Third Sector Interface and were delighted to see many of our Members nominated for Volunteer Glasgow’s Alistair Malloy Inspire Awards. Fantastic voluntary organisations from across Glasgow were shortlisted across categories that included: Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion, Innovation and Best Newcomer

We were delighted to see GCVS Member PEEK take home the Inspire Award for Innovation for their Thrive Programme, in recognition of their creative approach to volunteer engagement!

NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde’s Welcome Guides picked up Best Newcomer, whilst the Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion was shared by Maryhill Integration Network and Police Scotland Youth Volunteers, so a huge congratulations to the winners and to all finalists!

Take a look at what else happened on the night through #AllyInspire!

We also took the opportunity to say thank you to our volunteers, past and present. Volunteer support and dedication has been and continues to be invaluable, and we have continue to be bowled over by the commitment our volunteers bring.

We wanted to use Volunteers’ Week to bring attention to the Community Connectors Buddy Volunteers. Buddies support older people to engage in their local community, helping them to build social networks and resilience, and take part in the things they like! Whether that’s by accompanying them to a club/social activity, or something as simple as helping them regain their confidence and get out and about – Buddies do whatever it takes to help people live well.

As a crucial part of the Community Connectors service, Buddy Volunteers have changed the lives of so many people!

We’re looking to recruit Buddy Volunteers at the moment and you can apply even if you only have a couple of hours a week to spare and these! Find out more on the Community Connectors page.
Any voluntary opportunities with GCVS are always posted here, so if you’re interested in volunteering with us then be sure to keep an eye out.

It’s been great to see what the Third Sector has been up to this week, volunteers themselves have also been sharing the reasons they love volunteering – these have been particularly inspiring to read and provide proof that they really are the “golden thread” connecting our sector and our communities!

Check out #VolunteersWeekScot on Twitter!