ACVO, home of Volunteer Aberdeen, can reveal that in just one week from its launch, over 897 volunteers have signed up to help their local communities in Aberdeen through the Scotland Cares Volunteer Programme. These volunteers have come forward to volunteer with charities and groups across the city throughout the COVID-19 outbreak and will help those most in need.
In addition to this, further people will also have signed up for the other two options potential volunteers can choose to help with – ‘as a returning Health & Social Care worker’ or ‘as a Red Cross Community Reserve Volunteer to support our public services including the NHS and local authorities’.
This builds on the thousands of people already helping across the city; people who have contacted volunteering groups directly, via the Grampian Community Access Hub, Social Media groups, people informally looking out for and assisting older and vulnerable neighbours. ACVO is touched to have seen a 101% increase in website visits and an eight-fold increase in direct enquiries to the organisation with people keen to join the crucial and tremendous help Scotland Cares volunteers are providing locally and across Scotland.
Commenting on the figure, Mike Melvin, Volunteer Co-ordinator at ACVO, said
“It is fantastic to see so many people stepping up to help our charities and groups during this outbreak. From those helping deliver food to those returning to the NHS, it is a testament of the Aberdeen spirit, to rise to the challenge and to help each other out.”
Maggie Hepburn, Chief Executive of ACVO added,
“ Everyone at ACVO is overwhelmed by the public’s response during these unprecedented times and on behalf of the 3rd Sector in Aberdeen I want to say a big thank you to every single volunteer and to encourage anyone who is thinking of volunteering to get in touch to find out more through the Volunteer Aberdeen website or at Ready Scotland”.
On the latest figures, Kevin Stewart, MSP for Aberdeen Central commented,
“It’s heartening to see so many folk across this city step up to the plate during these unprecedented times – we have a rich history of voluntary service in Aberdeen and this could not be more important than now.
“My thanks go out to all those involved and to the wonderful staff at ACVO – together we can get through this.”
Volunteers who signed up through the scheme will be contacted over this week regarding help they can be in Aberdeen.
Notes to editors
- ACVO is Aberdeen’s Third Sector Interface. More information can be found at acvo.org.uk.
- The Volunteer Centre in Aberdeen is ran by ACVO and more information can be found at volunteeraberdeen.org.uk
- The Scotland Cares Volunteer Programme was launched by the First Minister on Sunday 29th March during the daily COVID-19 briefing and offers a national portal through readyscotland.org.uk for Scots to find volunteering information.
- Mike Melvin, Volunteer Coordinator, is available for interview or comment on firstname.lastname@example.org.