Scottish Rural Action joins thousands of organisations and charities across the country in celebrating Volunteers’ Week Scotland, by launching its Action Plan and by putting a call out for volunteers to join them in forming a powerful voice for rural Scotland.
From 1-7 June 2017, Volunteers’ Week Scotland will see a huge range of events take place in communities all over the country, from small awards ceremonies to large celebratory gatherings. Throughout the week, Scottish Rural Action will publish a series of blogs from their volunteers on experiences of volunteering, along with challenges they face living in rural communities.
The start of Volunteers’ Week on Thursday 1st June 2017 coincides with Scottish Rural Action launching their Action Plan for 2017-19, which will be progressed in rural Scotland by recruiting individuals and organisations to participate in voluntary working groups.
National Coordinator of Scottish Rural Action, Emma Cooper, said “We are extremely grateful to our network of volunteers across rural Scotland for the hard work and determination they continue to provide to us.
“Our volunteers assist with many of our projects, including the biennial Scottish Rural Parliament and we are now looking for more volunteers to join our working groups to take forward our plan for rural Scotland over the next 3 years, and would actively encourage anyone with an interest in our working group subjects to come onboard to bring about positive change.”
The Action Plan consists of key points from five subject areas, in which Scottish Rural Action will take forward to bring about change. These 5 subject areas are “Democracy and Governance”, “Land”, “Digital Connectivity”, “Business” and “Transport”.
A report into the state of local democracy in rural Scotland, and a commitment to extend its campaign for 100% superfast broadband coverage in rural areas are only two of the points set out in the Action Plan, along with a campaign for rural development funding to receive the same commitment from government regarding agriculture funding, and also highlighting the impact of rural transport issues on the rural economy.
Scottish Rural Action are also in the process of developing an online volunteer forum and would be keen to hear from anyone who would like to volunteer as a moderator.
Those wishing to join as a volunteer either as a moderator or as part of a working group should in the first instance email firstname.lastname@example.org to express interest.