Renfrewshire Council

Well done to our local volunteers!

Next week I will be hosting a civic reception for three groups within Renfrewshire who have been awarded The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service in 2018.

The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work in the community. It's the MBE for volunteer groups and I'm so proud that we have three groups in Renfrewshire who have been recognised this year.

I Am Me Scotland aims to change attitudes and behaviours so that disabled and vulnerable people in Scotland feel safe in their communities. Disability Hate Crime is one of the most under reported crimes in the UK and I Am Me began as a community project working in partnership with Police Scotland, local young people and disability groups to raise awareness of the issue.

Crisis Counselling is based in Erskine and provide counselling and support to people who need it, when they need it. They strive to provide a service that is affordable for all and that will catch those who typically might fall through the net by removing the time and geographical restrictions that other counselling organisations face. Crisis has seen 46,000 patients since they were established in 1996 who, without Crisis' help, may not have received the appropriate support elsewhere.

St Vincent's Hospice have provided palliative end of life care in the local community for more than 30 years. They are committed to creating an environment where patients and families come first. St Vincent's are one of the charities I am supporting during my time as Provost.

It is a tremendous achievement to receive this award, and highlights that the service, commitment and care shown by these groups has had a profound impact on our local communities.

Before undertaking my duties as Provost, I was a volunteer with Homestart Renfrewshire. I really know the value of volunteering and the difference it can make, and I hope that more people in Renfrewshire will feel inspired to get involved with volunteering. It is such a rewarding experience and can change someone's life. It's never too late to start.



Published 14 September 2018