Volunteering action plan

Scotland’s volunteering action plan aims to create a Scotland where everyone can volunteer, more often, and throughout their lives. Designed to provide actions over a 10‐year period as a living plan. It seeks to raise the profile of volunteering and its impact on society.

Joint Foreword

I am honoured to be invited to introduce this Plan in conjunction with Volunteer Scotland. The contribution of volunteers in the recent past has been exceptional; we owe them a debt of gratitude for all that they have done and continue to do.

I offer my thanks to the 100 plus people who, following the publication of the Volunteering for All Framework in 2019, took a leap of faith and continued their collaboration. Their investment of time, energy and commitment has built a learning community determined to enhance volunteering's contribution to a fairer and more prosperous country. Together they have created a movement for positive change – one which encourages lifelong volunteering and tackles the barriers which prevent people volunteering. I share the aspiration that volunteering will continue to thrive and expand over the next decade and beyond. I welcome and endorse the invitation to others to join them on this journey.

By participating in the Plan's ongoing development and implementation you can help shape its future direction and content.

Shona Robison
Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Housing and Local Government

The Covid-19 pandemic brought into sharp focus the crucial role of volunteering in the wellbeing of our society. In 2020 nearly 3 million people in Scotland volunteered in some capacity, vastly increasing the profile of volunteering and ensuring it's universally valued as a positive force for good.

Volunteering is the invisible thread which binds our communities together and can often be taken for granted.

The Volunteering for All framework acknowledges the cross-cutting value of volunteering in building resilient and engaged communities, as well as for ensuring that everybody in Scotland can realise their own unique potential.

This Action Plan will maximise the impact of volunteering. It'll create an environment and a community of practice in which volunteering can adapt to changing priorities and continue to thrive. It'll establish accountability for ensuring that the needs of volunteers are at the centre of future decision-making.

This living plan is our map to a brighter future for volunteering in Scotland. There is a long road ahead. We invite you to join us on the journey.

Alan Stevenson
Chief Executive Officer Volunteer Scotland


Email: C19-volunteering@gov.scot

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