Mini Bus driver, Renfrewshire & North Ayrshire
The life of a Who Cares? Scotland volunteer is never dull, but especially not during the Get Into Summer programme.
Whilst my main role as a volunteer is to provide transport for our members on the minibus, I love the fact that I have been encouraged to take part in and help support many of the events on the day.
The bus has really been in demand over the summer, for example I have been to Barshaw Park in Paisley, Heads of Ayr Farm Park, Kelvingrove Museum and Park in Glasgow, Go Ape treetop trekking in Aberfoyle, Paint Balling in Cumbernauld, Crazy Golf in Clydebank, and the Street Soccer Care Cup in Glasgow. I have been shot at, got rope burns, splattered with mud, I’m covered in bruises, been the subject of some great banter, and I’ve loved every second. This has also involved:
- 48 hours of volunteering
- Driving 1,208 miles
- Carrying a total of 39 members over all the journeys.
Being part of these events lets me chat to and get to know some of our members better, and what I have loved over the summer is seeing the inclusiveness, support, and sense of belonging that members all show each other. It has been a summer of friendship, teamwork and fun. Whilst the bruises will fade, my lasting memories will be spending time with members from 8 to 20 years old, for example an 8 year old taking my hand to play at Head of Ayr, kicking a football with 10 year old, teenage banter from the back of the bus, and chatting about life and future aspirations with over dinner at Nandos. So let’s use our minibus as much as possible, as I’m looking forward to the next adventures with you all.