A service that aims to get people into volunteering as a first step on the ladder to employment has relaunched.
Volunteer Dundee is the new name for the former Volunteer Centre Dundee, which has moved from the city centre to the technology park.
And it is now planning to reach out to more communities across Dundee to offer new ways for people to get involved in volunteering and to promote opportunities that exist locally.
The organisation is a key backer of the Tele’s ongoing Let’s Get Dundee Working campaign, which aims to highlight what jobs and training are on offer.
The rebrand will be confirmed at Volunteer Dundee’s AGM today at 12.30pm, in its new premises at Gateway House West, 7 Luna Place.
Kirsty Keay, the service’s chief executive officer, told the Tele: “This is about how we deliver our service.
“We will focus more on reaching out to communities across the city rather than being at a city centre premises.
“It’s about taking the service in bold new directions.
“Before, we were a lot more stationary, based at the centre and really waiting for people to access the service
“Now, with our outreach programme, we will be going into every council ward in Dundee, except the Ferry, and bringing that service to the public.
“We will continue to engage and inspire people to volunteer, looking at new ways to make volunteering more accessible, supporting people to give their time to improve their communities in new ways, while working with organisations to ensure a diverse range of opportunities are available in the city.
“Dundee is a city of design and innovation, which is why we wanted to drop the ‘centre’ from our name — to us that had images of a 1980s jobs club, which is not the image we want.
“We are still bucking the national trend of volunteering numbers dropping, and we want to keep that going.
“Volunteering can be one of the most valuable activities.
“As well as the social benefits for others, it can often be a way of people going on into paid work, by gaining valuable experience.”