Taking the first step to volunteering

Posted on April 16, 2018

Will Smith once said “the first step is, you have to say you can.”

Taking the first step on your volunteer journey can be daunting. You might be worried or nervous about having the right skills, meeting new people, whether you’ll enjoy the placement, completing the application form and everything in between. That’s natural. You’re not alone. But you can do it.

How do we know that? Because ProjectScotland is here to guide you on that journey. It doesn’t matter if you’re feeling anxious, have depression or a disability. We’re here to support you. Just like we were for volunteer Shaun.

Shaun approached ProjectScotland in February last year. He was naturally nervous, he’d been unemployed for six months and wanted to gain more experience to enable him to get a job or go onto further education in the future.

After meeting our friendly Youth Engagement Manager Mark, Shaun started volunteering with the Forestry Commission. After eight weeks, Shaun then moved to a placement with Badenoch & Strathspey Community Transport Company (BSCTC) where he was a Passenger Assistant.

Photograph of volunteer Shaun, with Roz and Mark wearing a range of glasses that demonstrate visual impairment.

Shaun, Roz & Mark on visual impairment training

Roz, who is the Manager at BSCTC, saw how Shaun developed with the project, how his confidence grew and how his skills developed. When asked about the project, Shaun advised:

“I really enjoyed it and felt it gave me more confidence.”

ProjectScotland were able to support Shaun and facilitate a range of activities including an interview and training on visual impairment. Shaun was supported locally by Mark who has seen a huge change in Shaun over his time volunteering with ProjectScotland.

Although Shaun has now finished volunteering through ProjectScotland, he still goes back and helps out at BSCTC, volunteering at events and keeping in touch with some of the friends he made there.

What’s next for Shaun? Well, he’s about to start a course at Cantraybridge College. We’re excited for what the future holds for Shaun and looking forward to hearing how he gets on!

Give your CV a shine too

We started with a Will Smith quote, so it’s only right to end with one too:

“I wake up every morning believing today is going to be better than yesterday.”

Make your today better than yesterday and apply to volunteer with ProjectScotland. It’s the first step in a journey you won’t regret taking!

Apply now