Parliamentarians call for new volunteers

CEO Liz Wallace with Stewart Stevenson MSP, Eilidh Whiteford MP and contact centre manager Arlene Harvey
CEO Liz Wallace with Stewart Stevenson MSP, Eilidh Whiteford MP and contact centre manager Arlene Harvey

Eilidh Whiteford MP and Stewart Stevenson MSP have urged volunteers to come forward after meeting with local charity managers on Friday, January 16.

Dr Whiteford and Mr Stevenson met with Chief Executive Liz Wallace and Contact Centre Manager Arlene Harvey at Avenue’s Peterhead base, to discuss the charity’s work in the North-east.

Avenue provides a range of counselling and mediation services to families dealing with relationship breakdown, and works with dozens of families locally.

Liz said: “We are crying out for volunteers who have the skills to take up this challenging, but rewarding work.”

Speaking after the meeting, Dr Whiteford said: “It was good to hear more about what Avenue does locally, it’s a service which is always looking to recruit volunteers able to commit some time on a regular basis, and who receive full training and support, to help with this worthwhile service.

“I would encourage anyone who thinks they might have a listening ear and some time to spare to come forward.”

Mr Stevenson added: “Although the North-east is one of Scotland’s wealthier areas, there remain significant problems with deprivation and the reality is that family breakdown can affect anyone.”