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Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan has paid tribute to volunteers who have helped the NHS and local communities in the Western Isles as Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June) begins.

Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the contribution and work of millions of volunteers who give up their time to help others.

During this pandemic, volunteers have signed up to help in record numbers through the Scotland Cares initiative – over 53,000 in one month – joining the thousands of people who were already helping, either with one of Scotland’s many voluntary and community sector groups or informally with neighbours.

Alasdair Allan MSP said:“Volunteers’ Week gives us a chance to celebrate the contributions of volunteers who have made such a huge difference to life in the Western Isles.

“I have often said before that I think every week is volunteers week in the Western Isles, as we have an exceptional record of volunteering and voluntary work. Many people in the islands have now taken on Covid-19 related volunteering roles to help communities deal with the many consequences of the coronavirus, and it’s more important than ever to show our appreciation for their hard work.

“I want to say massive thank you to all of the volunteers who have helped, and continue to help, the NHS and their local communities during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Volunteers will be critical in our efforts to support and rebuild our communities, and I am sure I speak for everyone when I say we are all appreciative and grateful to those who are ensuring people get the help and support they need."