Smith Launches European Year Of Volunteering 2011

01 January 2011
A new campaign asking the population of Scotland to embark on a volunteering journey in 2011 as part of their New Year’s resolution has been launched in awareness of the European Year of Volunteering 2011.

The campaign launched at Edinburgh Waverly Station by Alyn Smith Scottish MEP and Neil Mitchison, European Commission Representative for Scotland aims to highlight the key benefits to individuals interested in volunteering and hopes to encourage more people in Scotland to volunteer within their community with the hope to see an 11% increase throughout the country this year.

Alyn Smith commented:

"As a volunteer I know that volunteering is an integral part of life, and it is high time that we recognise and mark the fantastic contribution that volunteers make in such a variety of different sectors of society.

"More than 100 million Europeans volunteer for all sorts of things each year, by making 2011 the European Year of Volunteering we can go just a little way to giving all of Europe's volunteers the thanks that they deserve."