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Charity overwhelmed by volunteer support – logging over a quarter of a million hours in 2017

Charity overwhelmed by volunteer support – logging over a quarter of a million hours in 2017

Keep Scotland Beautiful calculates benefit of volunteer hours and encourages more involvement in 2018

Environmental charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful, is celebrating the success of volunteers from all across Scotland who have worked to support its popular programmes, Beautiful Scotland and It’s Your Neighbourhood, throughout 2017.

The charity, which relies on the help of volunteers to undertake the long running environmental improvement campaigns, has reported that volunteers from across the country have provided significant support to the projects – logging more than 250,000 hours of support, worth a massive £4m.

With the campaigns set to run again in 2018, and a focus on youth to support the Scottish Government’s Year of Young People, Keep Scotland Beautiful is encouraging even more people to get involved, young or old, to support, mentor, visit projects or start up their own project.

Juliette Camburn, Community Projects Officer at Keep Scotland Beautiful, commented:

“We are overwhelmed with the efforts of our It’s Your Neighbourhood and Beautiful Scotland volunteers in 2017. It is their commitment, enthusiasm and drive that helps to make these initiatives such a success – bringing communities together to help deliver local environmental improvements and enhancing local areas.

“In 2018 we look forward to celebrating the Year of Young People – encouraging intergenerational working and motivating more participation in our activities from people of all generations. I would like to ask everyone, from all ages to all walks of lives, to consider taking part – it’s a great way to invest in your local community and your local environment and a great way to be recognised for all your hard work.”

Keep Scotland Beautiful is looking for volunteer judges and assessors to put themselves forward at www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/support-us/volunteer and is also calling for community groups and projects to register with the 2018 Beautiful Scotland competition or the It’s Your Neighbourhood campaign.

Full details can be found at www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/beautifulscotland and www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/iyn