Writer and broadcaster Sally cuts the ribbon at Kirkintilloch centre

Opening of East Dunbartonshire Voluntary Association's new office, 14 Townhead  Kirkintilloch, Sally Magnusson , Gilbert Grieve CEO, Gordon Thomson Chair, MP Jo Swinson and Cllrs.'Photo by Paul Mc Sherry Thursday 19th Sept 2013.
Opening of East Dunbartonshire Voluntary Association's new office, 14 Townhead Kirkintilloch, Sally Magnusson , Gilbert Grieve CEO, Gordon Thomson Chair, MP Jo Swinson and Cllrs.'Photo by Paul Mc Sherry Thursday 19th Sept 2013.

A BRAND new hub for all things voluntary has been officially opened in Kirkintilloch by writer, journalist and broadcaster Sally Magnusson.

The ribbon was cut at the HQ of East Dunbartonshire Voluntary Action (EDVA) recently.

Although EDVA was formed in May 2012 – the result of a merger between the former East Dunbartonshire CVS and the Volunteer Centre East Dunbartonshire – it is only in recent weeks that the organisation has been able to operate out of the same building.

Extensive alterations were required to ensure the premises were fit for purpose and accessible to all.

Staff rose to the occasion to overcome logistical, operational and technological challenges to enable them to provide the range of services for which EDVA is renowned.

There is no doubt that life will be easier under the same roof.

EDVA chairman Gordon Thomson said: “EDVA’s role is to support the local voluntary groups in a variety of ways – from advice, information and training to the practicalities of an admin base or meetings space.

“I am delighted that we now have a building at the heart of Kirkintilloch which will serve the community and will help both ourselves and the voluntary sector in East Dunbartonshire to thrive.”

EDVA’s activities fall into four main areas:

Volunteering – EDVA recruits and places volunteers throughout East Dunbartonshire, taking account of their skills and experience to ensure they are suitably placed to benefit from the positive experience of volunteering and to increase their own skills, while providing benefit to the wider community.

Supporting the Voluntary Sector – EDVA provides help and support for over 900 voluntary organisations in East Dunbartonshire, ranging from social clubs and local charity shops to larger groups and national organisations. They can advise on all aspects of group structure, organisation and can even signpost funding opportunities.

Social Enterprise – EDVA can help with setting up, running and all other aspects of social enterprises – a business which is run just like any other, but profits are reinvested in the enterprise and/or the local community.

Community Engagement – EDVA helps communities influence local and national policy and tries to ensure that all groups in East Dunbartonshire are represented in the decision-making process.

Local MP Jo Swinson attended the official opening alongside council leader Rhondda Geekie and Provost Una Walker.

She said: “Best of luck to East Dunbartonshire Voluntary Action in their new home. I am sure they will continue to be a valuable resource to volunteers and the third sector locally. Anyone interested in the services they offer can visit their website at www.edva.org or give them a call on 0141 578 6680.”

The official opening is pictured above. (K31666)

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