Volunteers are helping the elderly in Montrose and Scotland

For some elderly people a volunteer is a lifeline
For some elderly people a volunteer is a lifeline

Figures released from the Scottish Government prove we are a nation of givers. It is estimated one million Scots volunteer in their communities – three in 10 of all adults.

Valerie Crookston, Scotland Executive Officer, Contact the Elderly, told the Review: “I was pleased but not surprised to read these figures. Our experience is so positive with volunteers in Montrose and throughout Scotland. This year we welcomed 169 new volunteers which allowed us to start 13 groups and support an additional 159 older people.

“Throughout Scotland, Contact the Elderly has a committed bank of 1,035 volunteers who give up their time once a month to spend an afternoon hosting or driving to a tea party with older people who are at real risk of social isolation.

“As the year draws to an end, we would like to thank our volunteers for the fantastic work they do. For a small amount of their time they are making an immeasurable impact on the lives of our guests.

“We would also like to reach out to those who are considering volunteering in their New Year’s Resolution lists – you can make a real difference and have a great time in the process.”