I always felt like I really wanted to do something out with my job where I could help make a difference and after I graduated from university I started thinking about different volunteering opportunities. I already knew about the great work Who Cares? Scotland does and what they stand for so it was an easy decision for me. My first time volunteering was at the annual Careleidh in 2018 which was a really fun event and great introduction to Who Cares?.
Being a part of the volunteering team at Who Cares? has given me the opportunity to be a part of some amazing events and meet some inspirational, brave and strong young people, other volunteers and staff. The support and training I have received as a volunteer is second to none and has really helped me grow not only in my volunteering role but also as a person.
I am very proud to be a part of the ‘Chill Out Group’ team and look forward to attending the groups every second Monday. I love how the group creates a safe, non-judgemental, inclusive and fun space for everyone. It’s such a pleasure to see the young people having fun, learning new skills and forming new friendships. I have also enjoyed getting the opportunity to cook with some of the young people and join in or lead other activities such as crafts, games and dancing. Additionally, I feel privileged being able to attend some of the amazing events such as the annual Careleidh, Cares Got Talent, Love Rally and Christmas Parties. At these events some of the duties I’ve been able to help with include registration, cheering on and encouraging the young people, being a marshal with a lovely high vis vest, party games, making flags and decorations and making Christmas themed biscuits and cakes.
Volunteering at Who Cares? has allowed me to be a part of something really special. Thank you.