ANGUSalive Celebrates Volunteers’ Week

ANGUSalive, the culture, sport and leisure trust for Angus celebrated Volunteers Week in style with a Volunteers’ barbecue at their very own Crombie Country Park on what was a glorious day. All of ANGUSalive’s volunteers received a certificate from CEO Kirsty Hunter, thanking them for making a difference by giving up their valuable time volunteering with ANGUSalive and greatly contributing across all services and local communities.

ANGUSalive Chief Executive, Kirsty Hunter commented, “Volunteers’ Week provided a special time to say thank you to our volunteers and celebrate the wide range of people from Angus who give their time in so many different ways to benefit their local communities and support ANGUSalive in changing lives by inspiring healthy, active and creative lifestyle choices.  It was really inspiring to listen to our volunteers share their stories and enthusiasm for volunteering across ANGUSalive’s country parks, museums, libraries, galleries, archives and sports centres.”

As well as helping others, volunteering has been shown to improve volunteers' wellbeing, boost their confidence and can also help them to gain valuable new skills and experiences. Grant Moir, volunteer of 5 years noted “Volunteering with Angus Archives allows me to make a practical contribution to the work of the archives, whilst at the same time expanding my personal knowledge of the county’s history.” Colin McMillan, who has been volunteering with the Ranger Service said: “I have enjoyed volunteering with ANGUSalive at Forfar Loch Country Park as it has built up my confidence and that has reflected in other aspects of my life.”

ANGUSalive takes on volunteers to support their operations on an ad-hoc basis, for example short-term specific events or programmes, or on a more regular basis. The charity aims to match volunteers to an opportunity that best suits their interests and welcomes enquiries from all ages and abilities. Anyone can join by replying to notices on social media or by contacting one of their culture, sport and leisure facilities.