Leader comment: ‘Celebrating city built on volunteers’

Lord Provost Donald Wilson chats to former Lord Provost George Grubb. Picture: Neil Hanna
Lord Provost Donald Wilson chats to former Lord Provost George Grubb. Picture: Neil Hanna
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IT was a day when Edinburgh honoured those who work tirelessly to make the city a better place.

The Lord Provost held his third Community Garden Party at Lauriston Castle yesterday attended by a string of volunteers and community workers.

It was a day to recognise those who often work for very little reward but without whom our city would be a much poorer place.

As the Lord Provost says: “We’re a city built on volunteering.

“The efforts made by these incredible people made an enormous difference to Edinburgh life, and such a significant contribution deserves special attention.”

As our public sector becomes even more stretched, the amount we rely on voluntary organisations is increasing.

It is only right that we take time to honour those people and thank them as a city for their work.

Across the city, people are dedicating their time and energy to help others.

You can’t put a price on their contribution but it has been estimated that across Scotland, the value of the volunteering economy is estimated to amount to an incredible £2.6 billion.

Up and down Edinburgh, volunteers and community workers dedicate their time and energy to helping others.

They are supporting our young and old, looking out for the most vulnerable in society, making our city what it is today.

Among those to attend yesterday were members of the Broomhouse-based BIG Project which received the Queen’s Awards for Voluntary Service on an extra special day.

They were joined by around 500 others at an event which was branded the biggest “thank you” yet.

Fundraising legend Tom Gilzean even made the party. And better yet, the sun shone.

Well done and thanks to all those who attended.