Edinburgh’s growing volunteering rate highlighted ahead of Annual Volunteer Recruitment Fair.

Miles Briggs, Scottish Conservative & Unionist MSP for Lothian, is welcoming a new report from Volunteer Edinburgh “Volunteering in Edinburgh 2017” which indicates that the number of adults in the city who volunteer is continuing to rise and is now at 35%, one of the highest rates in Scotland. In a Parliamentary motion on the subject tabled today Miles is also highlighting that 61% of local organisations that rely on volunteers say they are looking for more people to help volunteer.  Miles is urging city residents to attend the annual volunteer recruitment fair which will take place on 20th September at St Paul’s and St George’s Church on York Place from 11am until 7pm.

Speaking today Miles said:

“ It is great to hear that more than one in three adults in Edinburgh participates in some form of volunteering which is well above the national average.

“ I pay tribute to all those who give their time for free to so many good causes and local organisations. Their active citizenship makes a difference in every community in our city.

“ Volunteering also has significant benefits for those who do it, with the potential to improve their own health and wellbeing and making them feel more engaged and connected.

“ With more than 60% of local organisations and charities saying they need additional volunteers, I urge anyone who might be considering voluntary work to attend the annual volunteer fair on September 20th where there will be hundreds of volunteering opportunities across the city on offer.”


* Volunteer Edinburgh’s report can be found here:

* Please see below the motion as tabled by Miles today.

Motion Number: S5M-07276
Lodged By: Miles Briggs
Date Lodged: 24/08/2017

Title: Volunteering in Edinburgh in 2017

Motion Text:

That the Parliament commends the continuing good work of Volunteer Edinburgh, the infrastructure organisation for volunteering in the city, which has been promoting volunteering and supporting third and public sector organisations that involve volunteering for more than 45 years; welcomes the publication of its recent report, Volunteering in Edinburgh 2017, which indicates that Edinburgh has one of the highest rates of volunteering participation in Scotland with 35% of adults now volunteering, compared to the national average of 27%; pays tribute to the efforts of all the city’s volunteers and active citizens who make such a difference to residents and communities; notes that the report, despite the increase in both the numbers of volunteers and hours donated, suggests that 61% of organisations said they needed more volunteers; is aware that Volunteer Edinburgh’s annual volunteer recruitment fair will take place in St Paul’s and St George’s Church on York Place on 20 September 2017, and encourages people of all ages and backgrounds who are considering volunteering to attend this free event and find out more about the hundreds of diverse and positive volunteering opportunities available in the city.


Miles Briggs