Shona Robison MSP for Dundee East has applauded all those who have signed up to offer assistance to those in need during the coronavirus pandemic as the Number of volunteer sign-ups passes 76,000.

Ms Robison welcomed the announcement that local induction programmes are underway to ensure volunteers are ready for deployment and that many have already started to deliver food parcels, ensure essential supplies and medicines reach vulnerable people and phone those who need assistance or companionship.

Recruitment for the Scotland Cares Campaign, which launched one month ago, will now be paused as it enters its next phase. This includes temporarily pausing recruitment through the health and social care strand. The campaign has resulted in:

• 35,077 sign-ups to Volunteer Scotland to support charities and community groups • 18,640 sign-ups to the British Red Cross to support public services • 23,029 health and social care workers returning to work, and students joining the service

Ms Robison said:

‘The response to the campaign has been incredible and I would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who has offered their skills and services, their help is invaluable. It’s heartening that at this time compassion and kindness shine through, reminding us of what is really important to us all.

And although the campaign has paused due to the huge response, I would urge everyone who has applied or is thinking of doing so when the scheme reopens to know that they will be needed, volunteers will be critical in our efforts to support and rebuild our communities and will play a vital role over the weeks and months to come.”


Note to Editors:

Shona Robison’s Parliamentary motion.

S5M-21633: Scotland Cares

"That the Parliament applauds all those who have signed up to the Scotland Cares campaign, which has seen over 76,000 volunteer their time and skills to help those in need; believes that such acts of kindness and compassion serve to remind us of the inherent values and strength of communities and the nation at these times, and further believes that these values will be essential in the efforts to support and rebuild communities over the weeks and months to come."

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