The Flightpath to Volunteering

Posted on November 10, 2012

Project Scotland

ProjectScotland has joined forces with Glasgow Airport to help provide a route into work for young Scots.

The airport has awarded ProjectScotland a grant from its FlightPath fund to support seven people take up a full time volunteering role with a charity or social enterprise.

The opportunities are in the areas which lie under Glasgow Airport’s flight path: Renfrewshire, Glasgow, East and West Dunbartonshire.

Margaret Jamieson, Glasgow Airport’s head of procurement, is so impressed by ProjectScotland that she has signed up to become a mentor.

She says: “One of the reasons for establishing the FlightPath Fund was to tackle social issues such youth employment, so we are very excited about being able to help ProjectScotland break down barriers for these young people.

“These volunteering projects are beneficial on several levels – they help an individual and the organisation they are placed with, as well as the community in which that organisation operates. That represents tremendous value and ProjectScotland has an excellent track record of success in turning placements into full-time employment so we look forward to seeing the results.”

The Glasgow Airport Flightpath Fund has awarded more than £400,000 to over 150 community groups and charities since it was set up in 2010. Funding comes from the Communities Trust, charity collection boxes in the airport terminal and an annual donation from Glasgow Airport.

Rucelle Soutar, ProjectScotland’s Finance Director, said: “Youth unemployment in Scotland has been rising steadily in recent years and some of the worst affected areas lie under the Glasgow Airport flightpath. Young people are looking for opportunities to develop their skills and gain the practical workplace experience sought by many employers.

“Volunteering makes young people more optimistic and prepared for the journey ahead. Our opportunities with charities and social enterprises give them the space and time to recognise how capable they are. Glasgow Airport’s support will open doors for seven young people and ultimately allow them to take control of their own lives and improve their future prospects.”

This article was also covered by the Paisley Daily Express