Fifty young people from Eastern Europe visited East Dunbartonshire recently to learn about volunteering and community enterprises.
The visitors, aged 18-30, from Georgie, Ukraine and Belarus were given an inspirational series of talks at East Dunbartonshire’s HQ, organised by STAND International.
STAND (Start a New Day) is a Scots charity which encourages groups and individuals to participate in projects that make positive contributions to their own communities.
Council Leader Rhondda Geekie said: “It was great to see such enthusiasm from the inspirational young people about our approach and successes encouraging local groups and individuals to participate in projects which make positive contributions locally.”
Calum Ross, of STAND International, hosted the week-long trip to Scotland.
He said: “The participants all represented projects from their home countries. They shared their experiences and learned about projects and initiatives in Scotland at a local and national level.”
Gilbert Grieve of East Dunbartonshire Voluntary Action,which focuses on providing services in four main areas, helped co-ordinate the local element of the visit young .