SNP MSP Joan McAlpine has today marked International Volunteering Day by praising young people for getting involved in their community.
A poll published by the #iwill campaign found that 44 per cent of 10-20 year olds in Scotland were getting involved in activities to improve their community – this was slightly higher than the UK total of 42 per cent.
Commenting, the South Scotland MSP, who convenes the Cross Party Group on Volunteering in the Scottish Parliament said:
“Volunteers across Scotland, including thousands of young people, are doing some fantastic work to improve their local area and support vulnerable people in their community – it is right that we take an opportunity to praise their hard-work and dedication.
“The work of volunteers has never been more important as Tory austerity and social security cuts take their toll on communities across Scotland. This new poll shows that in response to these heart-breaking challenges young people are stepping up and doing their bit to support their community.
“Volunteers play a vital role in building the fairer Scotland we all want to see – I would urge young people across Scotland to seize the opportunity to help their community, gain new skills and make new friends by volunteering.”