“I was pleased that my motion in support of volunteer friendly organisations, and particularly the Environmental Training Team, was passed unanimously by all Renfrewshire councillors,” said Councillor Kenny MacLaren (SNP – Paisley Northwest).
This motion highlighted the benefits of volunteering within Renfrewshire’s communities which includes boosting self-esteem, health and even boosting employment prospects. Councillor MacLaren highlighted that a prime example of a volunteer-friendly organisation is the Environmental Training Team, based in St Ninian’s Church Hall, Ferguslie. They work with communities all across Renfrewshire providing a range of services including decorating, gardening and general community clean-ups, including assisting in Renfrewshire Council’s Team Up to Clean Up campaign. As well as volunteering opportunities, ETT provides training and works with a number of organisations ranging from the Council, West College Scotland, Engage Renfrewshire and local community councils. This has included helping Syrian refugees in Renfrewshire achieve their Saltire Awards for volunteering.
Councillor Kenny MacLaren added:
“There are many reports which highlight the positive impact of volunteering not just on your health and self-esteem but also for improving employment prospects.
“ETT has an excellent track record on taking on volunteers, providing them with an incentive to get active and help out their local community as well as providing relevant training. This has led to a number of their volunteers obtaining employment.”
“During this recent spell of cold weather teams from ETT have been very busy including clearing paths around the Tannahill Centre in Ferguslie ensuring that the elderly and anyone with mobility issues could access the GP practice and other services based there. ETT volunteers were also checking with local pensioners to see if they needed bread, milk or even help getting any prescriptions picked up. On top of this ETT teams were also clearing pathways to allow people to get in and out of their homes.
“I was pleased that the full council passed my motion unanimously, with every member agreeing on the benefits of volunteering.”
Motion for Full Council
Council recognises the benefits of volunteering within our communities which includes boosting self-esteem, health and employment prospects.
Council congratulates volunteer-friendly organisations such as Environmental Training Team who work in partnership with a wide range of organisations across many sectors to provide volunteering opportunities and training. Council notes that Environmental Training Team have a proven track record of volunteers obtaining employment or entering further education.