We are 10!

Posted on June 10, 2015

IMG_5575This year we are celebrating our 10th Birthday! For 10 years we have offered 16-30 year-olds the chance to change their life and make a positive contribution to their community through volunteering.

To mark our 10th birthday, we have published our Life-Long Impact  report. It shows that since 2005 we have supported over 5000 young people across Scotland who have given more than 3 million volunteering hours to over 540 charities and not-for-profit organisations. Our research demonstrates the life-long impact of volunteering on our young people. 78% of ProjectScotland volunteers go on to employment, education, or training within 6 months, and 93% of volunteers said the experience had an impact on their long-term career and life choices.

IMG_5520To launch our report and kick-off a year of birthday celebrations, Annabelle Ewing the Minister for Youth and Women’s Employment joined our CEO Paul Reddish at Falkland Palace in Fife. She met past and present volunteers whose lives have been transformed through their ProjectScotland volunteering experience.

Annabelle Ewing commented: “I would like to congratulate ProjectScotland on their achievements over the last ten years. ProjectScotland plays a key role helping to improve the prospects and aspirations of young people across Scotland, recognising the importance of developing young people and that it is not just the right thing to do, it is the smart thing to do.”

Paul Reddish added;  “At ProjectScotland we aim to help give young people structure, experience and the confidence to find work that matches their aspirations, talent and skills. The results of the last ten years prove we are making great strides supporting young people into brighter futures and we are extremely proud of our work to date.

IMG_5582v2“Scotland has led the way in the UK, with a supportive Government that has youth employment right at the forefront of its priorities and policies, but there is still much to be done particularly in tackling underemployment of talented young people in low paid work and supporting those furthest from the job market.  For our 10th birthday we’re taking time to reflect and celebrate and also very much looking to the future and the work that still needs done.”

You can download our report, ‘Beyond Volunteering – The Life Long Impact of Our Work’ on our The Difference We Make page. 



Were you a ProjectScotland Volunteer? Did the experience change your life? Or, has your charity been transformed by the impact of ProjectScotland volunteering? If so, we want to hear from you. Help us celebrate volunteering by sharing your success stories. Contact Amy Gunn, Marketing & Communications Manager, on amy.gunn@projectscotland.co.uk.