Bruce Crawford, MSP has paid tribute to volunteers who have helped the NHS and local communities in Stirling as Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June) kicks off.

Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the contribution and work of millions of volunteers who give up their time to help others.

During this pandemic, volunteers have signed up to help in record numbers through the Scotland Cares initiative – over 53,000 in one month – joining the thousands of people who were already helping, either with one of Scotland’s many voluntary and community sector groups or informally with neighbours.

Bruce Crawford said: 

‘Volunteers’ Week gives us the chance to showcase and recognise the brilliant contributions volunteers make, and continue to make, in the fight against coronavirus and helping their communities.

‘During this pandemic, many in Stirling have stepped up and taken on COVID-19 related volunteering roles where they can. It’s more important than ever to celebrate their hard work and efforts.

‘I want to say a heartfelt thank you to all of the volunteers who have assisted the NHS and other campaigns to offer a helping hand during this crisis. It really has meant a lot to some of the most vulnerable in our society.

‘Volunteers and their efforts will be absolutely key in the recovery to come. I’m sure I speak for everyone in Stirling when I say we all appreciate such dedication and pride in our communities, and wish all our volunteers well in these troubled times.’