“We welcome the ambition and cross-cutting nature of the framework. Whilst recognising the value, impact and importance of volunteering in Scotland, it rightly identifies the barriers faced to make volunteering accessible and attractive to cross-sections of society.
“Broadening volunteering beyond a committed civic core of individuals, particularly focussing on engaging with marginalised groups, is vitally important. Furthermore, the emphasis on the absolute need for cross-sector, coordinated responsibility within this framework will be crucial as we collectively develop new approaches to empower communities.
“Volunteering in Scotland contributes in excess of £2.62bn to the economy – this is a fantastic achievement and one that should be celebrated. However, we fall behind other countries in terms of the time spent volunteering which shows there is an imperative to sustain and hopefully increase volunteering.
“Therefore, it is essential that we maintain a high level of ambition and provide the opportunities and platforms to nurture a thoughtful, socially-engaged and committed pipeline of young people who can make a difference now and in the future.