SNP MSP Bruce Crawford has praised the hundreds of residents from Stirling who signed up to volunteering schemes during the Coronavirus Pandemic.
571 Stirling residents volunteered with the British Red Cross while 793 have signed up to Volunteer Scotland, according to new figures provided by the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe).
While not all the volunteers have been called upon, many have started to deliver food parcels, ensuring essential supplies and medicines reach vulnerable people.
They have also been in touch with people who need assistance and companionship through the phone.
Scotland Cares linked with the British Red Cross and Volunteer Scotland schemes in local authorities and third sector activity in communities, creating a pool of volunteers for local organisations to draw upon and deploy as when required.
Volunteers will be matched with local needs in a range of settings, when those needs arise.
It is therefore up to the organisations to decide how and when volunteers are called upon.
Crawford said: “The pandemic has been difficult for everyone, and many in our communities have depended on the help offered by others.
“The hundred of people in the Stirling area who have volunteered to help are a real credit to their community and I want to thank each and every person who has signed up.”
He also said volunteers will be essential in supporting and rebuilding the communities with many being asked to help in the weeks and months to come.
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