Scotland’s First Minister has backed Stirling’s bid to be named European Volunteering Capital.
Speaking of the city’s vision to increase volunteering participation in Stirling to 50% and decrease the poverty related volunteering gap through a year-long festival of volunteering in 2020, Nicola Sturgeon said:
“Volunteering is one of the greatest expressions of Scotland’s values and of our shared European values. It’s at the heart of everything we do as a government – key to our ambition of creating a fairer and more prosperous country with equality of opportunity for all, a country where everyone has the chance to make a difference.
“That is why I am proud and delighted to be adding my endorsement, and the full support of the Scottish Government, to Stirling’s bid for European City of Volunteering 2020. We have much to be proud of in our current volunteering practice and much to share with friends across Europe. But we are ambitious for the future – for a growth in participation for all, for greater reach and impact and for building a strong body of best practice and policy internationally. Scotland is a bold and positive country offering the warmest of welcomes, rich in history and heritage and with a progressive, pioneering and inclusive approach to our future.
“I look forward to welcoming you all to Stirling in 2020 for our yearlong Festival of Volunteering. A chance to celebrate all that volunteering offers and to build new connections and partnerships as we look to a more inclusive and participative future.”
Stirling’s bid team, Volunteer Scotland, Stirlingshire Voluntary Enterprise and Stirling Council, will make their case in Brussels this evening (Thursday 25 October), with the winner expected to be announced on 5 December.