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    Volunteering festival to return to Stirling

    Written by on August 13, 2019

    Stirling’s Festival of Volunteering will return next month.

    It’s the third time the festival has taken place – it’s to run throughout the whole of September.

    Last year the city narrowly missed out in a bid to be named the 2020 European Volunteering Capital.

    It’s estimated four in 10 residents in Stirling currently volunteer.

    Events will also be taking place in South Ayrshire to mark the festival.

    Margaret Starkie, Strategic Engagement Manager for Volunteer Scotland said, “This year the festival will take place in two local authority areas for the first time.

    “We’re delighted to announce that South Ayrshire will be joining Stirling in celebrating the local people, groups and organisations that strive to make a difference in their communities through volunteering.

    “We’ve engaged with over 4,000 people and nearly 200 organisations since we launched our first festival in September 2017 and hope that, year on year, more communities across Scotland will adopt our festival approach to increasing volunteer participation.

    “Anyone can get involved and festivals can be any size, from a single community event to a month-long celebration”

    Stirlingshire Voluntary Enterprise’s Chief officer Natalie Masterson added, “We have had an amazing take up from local organisations who are very excited to get the opportunity to showcase their organisation in the shopping centre during the festival.

    “We have had great support from the Thistles in making this happen, and it’s a brilliant chance for the public to get a flavour of the diversity of volunteering that is available to them in their local area.”

    You can find more details on the event’s Facebook page or website