Bill Walker MSP calls for Dunfermline applications to Spirit of the Community Awards

ClydesdaleCommunity groups across Scotland can now apply to a £175,000 awards scheme aimed at making a real difference to local areas. To celebrate their 175th anniversary, Clydesdale Bank has launched the Spirit of the Community Awards, which will make substantial donations to voluntary groups who go the extra mile in the three categories of education, employability and environment.

Dunfermline MSP Bill Walker said: “I would encourage Dunfermline third sector groups to apply for funding. The awards are for groups who can demonstrate their support for the community, including but not limited to promoting access to financial education, protecting and improving the environment, and equipping people for the workplace.”

The top three winners in each category will receive £10,000 funding. In addition, five highly commended initiatives in each category will each receive £5,000 to support their community activity. A further £10,000 will go to one of the top three winners, meaning one organisation will receive £20,000. Read more of this post

Make 2013 your year of community volunteering

BwalkerMSP - 0109Scottish MSPs have joined forces with Focus Scotland Magazine to make the promotion of community-based volunteering their New Year’s Resolution.

The MSPs pledged their support and signed banners promoting the campaign, which aims to get the Scottish public embarking on a volunteering journey in 2013. Focus Scotland hopes to build on the positive image of volunteering provided by last year’s summer of Games. They want the campaign to remind individuals of the impact they can have when volunteering at community level.

Dunfermline MSP Bill Walker, one of the first to sign the campaign banner, said: “Volunteering is a great way to improve your community, since no one knows more about the needs of a community than the people who belong to it. Read more of this post

Applications open for Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Bill Walker MSP meets Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Mascot, Clyde

Prospective volunteers for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games have from today until 28th February to apply. No previous Games experience is necessary. Organisers are looking for helpful, friendly people who will be aged 16 or over by 28th February. Volunteers must be eligible to work in the UK and be available for at least eight days during the Games, which take place between 23rd July and 3rd August 2014. Volunteers must be available for up to six days ahead of the Games for interviews in Glasgow, training and uniform collection.

Glasgow 2014 also requires volunteers with a range of specialist skills including medical staff, drivers and people with specific sports expertise.

Applications can be made online at and help is available in person at the Volunteer Centre in Glasgow or by phone via the Glasgow 2014 Contact Centre. Staff at every library in Scotland are also geared up to assist with the application process.