Leading the way in youth volunteering

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NATIONAL statistics have shown that the young people of Angus are more likely to volunteer than those in other areas of Scotland.

As part of the Millennium Volunteering (MV) Programme 383 young people aged from 16 to 25 completed up to 200 hours of volunteering in Angus.

One of the young people to have benefited from being involved in MV is third year student Kay Robertson who has received an award.

Kay is studying Community Learning and Development at Dundee University and is currently on placement at Volunteer Centre Angus.

She said: “Being at the Volunteer Centre on placement is brilliant, I see the real difference they are making to people’s lives especially people who face significant barriers.

“I would urge all young people to get involved, it helped me and it is there to help other young people get the recognition they deserve for their volunteering.

Morag McKenzie, who leads the MV Awards for Volunteer Centre Angus, said: “I am delighted but not surprised by these figures. In Angus we have two per cent of Scotland’s population but are second in the table for delivering on MV [only Glasgow had more volunteers].

“We know Angus has amongst the highest levels of volunteering in Scotland and some of this is down to the hard work we put in here at VCA, but it is also about how we work with voluntary organisations, schools, social work, Tayside Police and many other agencies’.

For further information of MV and volunteering in Angus contact Morag on 01241 875525, info@volunteerangus.org.uk or visit www.volunteerangus.org.uk