College becomes volunteer hub

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Banff & Buchan College and Volunteer Centre Aberdeenshire have joined forces to promote volunteering within the college and in the wider community.

The college has invited the centre to relocate its Fraserburgh office to the campus from which Volunteer Centre Aberdeenshire will offer its services to students, staff, the students association and the wider public. It will also provide support to organisations that utilise volunteer services.

“Together we will work towards encouraging volunteering and developing volunteering opportunities,” said David Hekelaar, convener of the Volunteer Centre Aberdeenshire.

“Our development officer, Rhona Davidson, is now based at the college four days a week. Volunteering is what makes things happen in communities, without the gift of individuals’ time community facilities wouldn’t exist – from mountain rescue and lifeboats to school clubs and charity shops, and everything in between there are many ways to volunteer.”

College principal Paul Sherrington added “Volunteering plays an important part in the lives of individuals and communities. We have introduced a new qualification, the Scottish Qualification Authority Award in Employability, which is designed to develop and enhance employability skills and to recognize more fully the contribution of the volunteer in the workplace. In a challenging jobs market volunteering provides a valuable way for learners to use their skills and maintain their confidence.”