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MP calls for residents to volunteer during pandemic

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Alyn Smith MP, has called on the residents of Stirling to help out the community during the Coronavirus pandemic.

A new ‘Scotland Cares’ campaign has been launched to encourage people to volunteer.

Those wanting to volunteer to help the community, have three different options for helping out.

Returning NHS workers will be directed to voluntary arrangements within NHS Scotland.

People wishing to offer their support to public services, including the NHS and local authorities, will be able to receive information through a site co-ordinated by the British Red Cross and anyone looking for other volunteering options for charities or community groups will be directed to Volunteer Scotland for information.

More information on any of the volunteering opportunities can be found on the Ready Scotland website, https://www.readyscotland.org/

While we are being advised to remain at home and follow government guidelines, people who are healthy and not at risk can volunteer providing practical or emotional support to those who need it.

Stirling MP Alyn Smith said: “In these difficult times, people across the Stirling area want to make a difference in their community.

“… this new Scottish Government campaign will help people to make a real difference.

“Through the readyscotland.org website, we can connect people to where their contribution is most needed in their local community.”

Smith MP said the Scottish Government is working with local authorities and variety of different partners to co-ordinate volunteering efforts across Scotland.

He also emphasised the most important step we can do is staying at home and following the recommended guidelines to help the those working for the NHS.

The readyscotland.org website is constantly updated providing advice on volunteer safety and the organisations to register an volunteering interest with.

Feature Image Credit: City of Stirling SNP

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