MP steps in to give a boost to Barnardo’s

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Edinburgh’s Liberal Democrat MP, Mike Crockart, will be swapping his day job tomorrow and taking to the shop floor in a bid to encourage more people to volunteer for Barnardo’s Scotland.

Mr Crockart is doing this to promote the national Make a Difference Day. It’s the UK’s biggest day of volunteering, and provides opportunities for thousands of people to volunteer across the country.

This year’s theme is: “Everyone has a skill they can use to help others. What can you do?”

Barnardo’s has more than 9000 volunteers who work in the charity’s retail department ensuring vital funds are raised to support vulnerable children, young people and families.

More than 1500 of those volunteers dedicate their time to Barnardo’s Scotland, which encourages retail volunteers from all walks of life.

For many, volunteering can also be the ideal route back into work after a career break.