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CSV Make a Difference Day, now the UK’s biggest day of ‘hands-on’ volunteering, takes place this year on Saturday 30th October: nearly 100,000 people nationwide will give time rather than money improve their local communities.

CSV Make a Difference Day is organised by the UK’s largest volunteering and training charity CSV (Community Service Volunteers) and is supported by Barclays community investment programme. Volunteers are aged between 2 and 105 and activities include brightening up children’s hospices, improving shelters for homeless families, turning waste ground into parks, bridging cultural divides and tackling bullying.

Top names supporting the 2004 campaign include pop guru Pete Waterman, Tess Daly, Blue, Charlie Dimmock and Lord Lichfield.

A record-breaking 88,000 people took part in CSV Make a Difference Day 2003. In Scotland over 8,100 volunteers took part in more than 420 activities. This year those numbers are expected to increase even further.

In 2003:

  • First Minister Jack McConnell rolled up his sleeves and helped young volunteers tackle vandalism in Glenboig Village, North Lanarkshire. 10 other Ministers from the Executive took part in events across the country and MSPs from all parties participated in a wide range of local events.
  • Volunteers from Victim Support Aberdeen painted and decorated their office in order to freshen it up. The volunteers wanted to lift the spirits of the victims of crime who they support.
  • Gordon Rural Action (50+ project) in Aberdeenshire involved companies and individuals in a huge shoe box appeal - filling shoe boxes with gifts to be sent to children in eastern Europe.
  • Play Alloa from Clackmannanshire, organised play schemes and respite for children and young people with special needs.
  • AWG Construction Services in Stirling took a group of disabled children along to Falkirk Wheel for a special visit. This was part of their "Give me Five" employee volunteer programme.

To find out more about CSV Make a Difference Day or to register, visit www.csv.org.uk/difference or call FREEPHONE 0800 284 533. Every person who registers an activity gets a free Action Pack, containing items to help make it a success, including a badge, stickers, balloons, thank you certificates, chocolate and lots more.

If you would like to chat about any events you are planning in Scotland, you can call Robert Henderson on 0131 557 1947 or email: rhenderson@csv.org.uk

The average person spends128 days of the year sleeping… Can you give one day to make a difference?

Related links:
Help SWAG make a difference







Scottish Executive link

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