Volunteers across Clydebank and north-west Glasgow have been recognised for their efforts during the pandemic.

During National Volunteer Week, which runs from June 1-7, West Dunbartonshire Community and Volunteering Services (CVS) is highlighting the outstanding work that volunteers across the area have put in to help others during the lockdowns.

Selina Ross, chief officer at West Dunbartonshire CVS, said: “Through the darkest points of the pandemic, the spirit and commitment of all of our volunteers has been a shining light.

“It is almost impossible to put into words the immense contribution our communities have made during the last challenging 15 months.

“Every day, volunteers of all ages and from across all our communities have gone over and above, making a real difference for those who needed them, when they needed them. I offer my heartfelt thanks.”

The pandemic has forced many business employees to provide vital services to residents from their own homes.

As lockdown restrictions ease Drumchapel Citizens’ Advice Bureau, which helped more than 2,600 people last year, is now looking for volunteers to join its team.

Laura McMahon, manager at Drumchapel CAB, said: “We anticipate an increase in redundancy, debts and poverty, and these things will lead to a rise in homelessness, failed relationships and even ill-health.

“People affected by these problems will need our information and advice, so we are gearing up for an increase in demand for our services over the next year or two, and that means we need more advisers.”

The organisation are looking for social media creators, receptionists, customer advisors and social policy campaigners. Anyone who is interested in volunteering must be able to give up six hours of their time a week.

Laura added: “We are looking for retired people, part-time workers, unemployed people, students – in fact anyone at all with a bit of time and a desire to help the community. There are no age limits and no previous experience is required. We really need you – and if you are interested.”

Ian is one of the 30 volunteers for Drumchapel CAB on Drumry Road. He said: “It’s a terrific place to work. I came here when I retired 12 years ago, because I needed something to fill up some of my spare time – and I have had the most amazing experience. I don’t regret a moment of it.

“There is a great team spirit here, and the knowledge that you are helping people is so satisfying.”

Meanwhile it was announced this week that a family support group has won the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

3D Drumchapel received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service which aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities.

Gillian Jamieson, volunteer co-ordinator said: “We are thrilled that our volunteers are being recognised for the dedicated work they do in Drumchapel and beyond. It is a real credit to receive this award after such a challenging year, when they adapted to our services providing outdoor play sessions, food and essentials to the 3d community.”