A DEPUTATION of Angus councillors praised the work of Volunteer Centre Angus (VCA) during a visit to the headquarters in Guthrie Port, Arbroath, on Friday.
Following an introductory presentation by VCA manager Gary Malone, councillors met staff and volunteers before visiting the organisations latest development, Praxis.
The visitors expressed their appreciation of the immense value provided by volunteering in Angus. Comments included: “Volunteering is still an undervalued area within our communities. But it contributes much more than is put into it,” and: “VCA shows the real community partnership, by providing help and support and above all hope to people from all walks of life and encouraging them to come together for the benefits of everyone.”
Praxis provides the experience for less advantaged individuals to develop life skills which may lead to opportunities for people, including support and guidance into volunteering, training, building confidence and self esteem and helping assist with the skills which help people into employment, further and higher education and indeed in the maintenance of good mental health.
In the last year, VCA has helped thousands of people realise the opportunities available through volunteering and has provided comprehensive training on all issues relating to volunteering, child protection and the recruitment of volunteers. The centre has also helped many people gain employment and find access to further education.
To find out more, contract Volunteer Centre Angus at 32-34 Guthrie Port, Arbroath, telephone 01241 875525, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or find out what opportunities are available by logging on to www.volunteerangus.org.uk