In 1962 we placed a volunteer in Glasgow, supporting young people in need. He became our first Full-Time Volunteer and so Scotland became the birthplace of one of our flagship programmes.
Nearly sixty years later, we continue to run high impact volunteering programmes across Scotland: from befriending projects supporting young people, mentoring projects to help families in challenging circumstances and volunteer-led projects that keep older, retired people engaged in their communities.
Our place-based approach, shaped by local knowledge, energy and understanding, supports people in local communities across Scotland to overcome the challenges they may face and to unlock their potential. We provide a platform for volunteers, young people, and communities to challenge existing structures and work with decision-makers to overcome barriers and inequalities.
Through volunteering and social action, we help reduce inequalities and social isolation, building a stronger, more inclusive Scotland.
In April 2020 we merged with ProjectScotland, combining our knowledge and expertise to work with more communities, young people and employers in Scotland.
Take a look below to see what we’re doing across the country: find out more about our programmes and projects, hear from our volunteers, and see how you can get involved.