Hyslop Thanks 1,908 West Lothian Volunteers During Pandemic


Hyslop Thanks 1,908 West Lothian Volunteers During Pandemic

Fiona Hyslop MSP for the Linlithgow Constituency has praised the 1,908 West Lothian residents who have signed up to volunteering schemes during the current health pandemic.

824 people have volunteered with the British Red Cross in West Lothian, while 1,084 have signed up to Volunteer Scotland, according to new figures provided by the Scottish Parliament’s Information Centre.  

Scotland Cares links British Red Cross and Volunteer Scotland schemes to local authority and third sector activity in communities, creating a pool of volunteers for local organisations to draw upon and deploy as required. Volunteers are matched with local needs in a range of organisational settings, when those needs arise. It is up to the requesting organisation to decide how and when volunteers are deployed.

“The hundreds of people across West Lothian 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.

“I have been speaking to a number of local organisations in my constituency and am aware of the many individuals and groups who are coming together to offer vital services and make life easier for those who are struggling the most in society.

 “The pandemic has been difficult for everyone, and many in our communities have depended on the help offered by others. While not all volunteers have been needed so far, volunteers will play a critical role in supporting and rebuilding our communities – and many will be asked to help in the weeks and months to come.”