Luc’s story #iwillweekPosted on November 26, 2021
My name is Luc and I’m 18 years old. I was referred to ProjectScotland by Skills Development Scotland. I wanted to volunteer to build my confidence and learn some work skills as I struggle with anxiety.
I met with my ProjectScotland Volunteering Engagement Manager (VEM), Clare, who encouraged me to look at volunteering options that could potentially lead to employment through KickStart. There were three volunteering opportunities available and I chose to work at PUSH Charity Reuse Shop, helping out with their online book site as well as other things. I really enjoyed volunteering there and got good feedback from my line manager who said that I was helpful, with loads of initiative and great timekeeping!
After around 8 weeks of volunteering, I started to think that I would like a career with the NHS which meant applying for college. I was reluctant to apply as I had no qualifications. Despite several knockbacks, with support from Clare I managed to get a place on a college course.
Before volunteering, I would not have had the confidence to keep going, I’d have given up after the first hurdle.
I’m really enjoying college and I’m on my way to gaining a qualification to be a social care nurse. Even though I’m busy with college, I still volunteer because I get a lot out of it.