Support for environmental volunteering

Support for environmental volunteering





A commitment to encourage more people to get involved in environmental volunteering was today made by the Executive as this year’s Scottish Environment Week got off to a start.


Deputy Environment Minister Sarah Boyack marked the beginning of the week-long event at the Abbey Care Home in North Berwick where she joined local volunteers in tidying up the gardens for residents to enjoy.


The Minister also announced the publication of an Excutive report on environmental volunteering which looks at how support can be improved for those wishing to make a difference in their local communities.


Ms Boyack said: ‘What we do individually does matter, not only in terms of the benefits to the environment but also in terms of personal wellbeing. The more we all do at an individual level the greater the collective impact in improving greenspace, helping biodiversity, and giving communities a better quality of life.


‘We are working towards getting more people involved in environmental volunteering and I will shortly be appointing an Implementation Group to take forward work identified in our Playing our Part report. The Group will identify priority actions for the Executive and will identify ways in which the voluntary sector itself can demonstrate to potential volunteers that environmental volunteering is attractive and standards are high.


‘The work at the Ageing Well Garden at North Berwick is a great example of what can be achieved and highlights some of the practical steps people can take to make a difference to their local environment.’


The document – Playing our Part – is in response to a report written by Jane Dalgleish who was asked to consider how the Executive could help encourage the growth of environmental volunteering in Scotland.


The Executive’s sustainable development awareness campaign Its Our Future includes a range of simple practical steps that can be taken for a more sustainable Scotland. Simple steps include cutting down on waste, recycling more and travelling more efficiently.


Source: Scottish Executive