VOLUNTEERS in Helensburgh have been chosen to feature in a national campaign about the vital role of volunteering in Scotland.

The Helensburgh Community Hub is highlighted in the ongoing national celebration of the voluntary sector, featuring 10 organisations changing lives for the better.

Work on the short films started earlier this year to mark the value, diversity and impact of volunteers to bring communities together, improve policy and contribute to the economy.

The #EssentialSector campaign partners are led by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), Scotland’s national membership body for the voluntary sector.

All the groups got equipment and support to make the films themselves before they were premiered at SCVO's Gathering 2023 in Edinburgh last month.

Kim Phillips, chair of the Hub’s board of trustees, said: "This is a fantastic campaign to be involved in as it has helped us to showcase the variety of what we do here at Helensburgh Community Hub.

“We are a small grassroots community organisation but thanks to the help we had from SCVO we've been able to create something really professional just using a mobile phone.

"We are really proud of our film and we think it really captures the spirit of welcome and connection that we aim to create in our community Hub.

“It's going to be a great resource for us to promote ourselves so we would encourage other organisations like us to get involved and show that we are the #EssentialSector."

Helensburgh Advertiser: Hub manager Gill SimpsonHub manager Gill Simpson (Image: SCVO)

Anna Fowlie, chief executive of SCVO, said: “The #EssentialSector films tell the stories of just 10 of Scotland’s 46,500 voluntary organisations. The films are a lovely celebration of the work they do.

“We want to highlight as many stories as we can on a national stage to bring to life the vital role of voluntary organisations in communities across Scotland.”

Helensburgh Community Hub provides services including the Book Nook and sewing after first opening two years ago.

The film can be watched at https://youtu.be/rRyKSE3ZYo4?feature=shared.