Rhona’s Story #iwillweek

Posted on November 20, 2021

I am 20 years old and come from a small village in Perthshire. Leaving school and going to university was a massive step for me and it didn’t go as well as I had hoped so I left.  To help me to build self-confidence and gain work experience my DWP job coach referred me to Project Scotland. I started to regularly meet with my Volunteer Engagement Manager (VEM), Clare, to work out the right volunteering options for me as I was not sure what I wanted to do and felt a little bit withdrawn. 

Over time, I decided that I would like to help out at the Summer Programme with a charity called Support, Help & Integration in Perthshire (SHIP), working with children with disabilities. 

I enjoyed helping out with the programme and it helped me to gain confidence.  When the Summer school finished, I volunteered at SHIP’s afterschool club.  I’ve now got a job through the Kick Start Scheme working at the Chamber of Commerce while I continue to volunteer and I hope to look at teaching in the future when I feel ready to go back to study.

Volunteering is good for building skills and getting to know yourself better, when starting volunteering it was very new to me. It was good for me to meet people that have thing in common with me and also learn how to talk to people who don’t have things in common with. I got a lot of support from SHIP, always someone to ask and help. Good experience, all the staff are very friendly.

Rhona, aged 20