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Volunteer Scotland celebrates 100 Charter Champions

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The programme was relaunched during Volunteers’ Week 2023. 

A volunteering initiative, relaunched earlier this summer, has announced it has hit 100 signatories just weeks after setting out its stall. 

Volunteer Scotland announced this week that they now have more than 100 individuals, groups and organisations that have signed up to be Charter Champions.

The Volunteer Charter relaunched during Volunteers’ Week 2023 (1-7 June) and sets out 10 principles that provide the foundations for a good volunteer experience and clarity about appropriate volunteer engagement that prevents the exploitation of workers and volunteers.

The first organisation to formally pledge support to the Volunteer Charter is Befriending Networks. 

Susan Hunter, Befriending Networks Chief Executive Officer said: "Befriending Networks were proud to be the first Charter Champion. We share Volunteer Scotland’s perspective that the Charter provides an excellent foundation for good volunteering experiences. 

“In a current climate of change and uncertainty it felt important to us to reassert out commitment to volunteers and volunteering. 

“We know that volunteers are essential to so many organisations, and we want every volunteer to have a positive, meaningful, and rewarding experience.”

In mid-July, only 6 weeks after relaunching, Grampian Opportunities became the 100th Charter Champion. 

Tracey Harrison, volunteer coordinator at Grampian Opportunities said: "Grampian Opportunities (GO) aims to open employment opportunities, volunteering and learning opportunities for people who have a disability, mental health problems or long-term conditions. Our aim is to encourage people to be involved in their community. 

“Our vision is a community where everyone has equal opportunities and support. Grampian Opportunities chose to pledge to the Charter as it would be our pleasure to stand shoulder to shoulder with other Volunteer (involving) organisations who work equally as hard as we do to encourage people to volunteer so that they can contribute their time and skills to others."

Volunteer Scotland said the range of individuals, organisations and groups from across the voluntary sector and beyond that have already pledged their support is truly inspiring. 

The organisation said they are delighted that in only a short time the Volunteer Charter is reaching people that can really make a difference to the way volunteering is resourced, represented and delivered. 

Alan Stevenson, Volunteer Scotland CEO said: “Volunteering is under pressure right now. From those that don’t understand or value it but also who see it as a replacement for paid work or an opportunity to cut costs. 

“The Charter Champions tell a very different story, and each is helping to ensure that volunteering is always seen as a force for good, an enriching experience, and an activity that benefits all. 

“To the first 100 - thank you!”