Finding a career through volunteeringPosted on January 12, 2016
Possibilities for Each and Every Kid (PEEK) support young people aged 5-25 living in the East End and North of Glasgow. Through the use of play and creative learning provision they provide children and young people with the motivation, self-confidence and skills they need to change their lives.
Michaela, Play Development Manager, is a former ProjectScotland volunteer. She’s all smiles as she reminisces about her journey through PEEK. As a child, she used PEEK’s services and at 15 found herself at a loss as to what to do next. She left school early, securing a part-time job at a shoe shop to support her, whilst caring for her grandfather. When PEEK pointed her in the direction of ProjectScotland in 2007, it was a no brainer, she immediately signed-up, leaving her part-time role in the shop behind.
Volunteering for PEEK through ProjectScotland was exactly the opportunity Michaela needed. She thrived in the role and went on to join the NICHE programme, an employability programme delivering workshops in schools and communities before continuing on to achieve a HNC in Community Development. At 19, she got offered a paid part-time position at PEEK, and now at 24 she proudly holds the full-time role of Play Development Manager.
“I didn’t grow up with any sort of aspirations,” she says, “I had a job in a shoe shop and just thought that was that. PEEK and ProjectScotland gave me the chance to discover myself and believe that I was capable of doing so much more.”
Having several years of sessional work, volunteering abroad, and now her role as Play Development Manager under her belt, Michaela is exactly where she wants to be.
“I’m very fortunate to be in a position where I can not only continue to give back to PEEK but also continue to pay it forward and support other children and young people with the same backgrounds as myself to succeed in life .”
Volunteering really did work for Michaela; she used it as the first step in her career, and now supports other volunteers in their journey!
Check back later this week to find out how Vicky, a staff member of the Play-Team, turned volunteering into her career.