‘Just Try It’ – words of wisdom from volunteer FraserPosted on January 3, 2018
Meet Fraser, a 23 year old from Glasgow who wanted to volunteer to increase his confidence and gain new skills to help him find a job. Fraser is partially sighted but is a keen advocate of not letting a visual impairment or disability get in the way of what you want to do – and we couldn’t agree more!
Earlier this year, Fraser met with Emma, our Youth Engagement Manager, and together they decided a placement at Starter Packs would be just the thing to help him achieve his goals.
As the first day approached, naturally the nerves set in, but he didn’t let them stand in the way and came out the other side with a smile on his face: “I enjoyed my first full day and it just flew by! I was shown how to work on the tills and I didn’t think I would be able to do it. I was really nervous but I did it! It was great.”
Fraser now volunteers for eight hours a week and receives support from RNIB on his placement. Three months in and Fraser felt his confidence had increased and was really enjoying the role. It wasn’t just Fraser that noticed the difference, so did his colleagues, family and friends. Fraser advised that the placement gave him the opportunity to feel part of his local community, increase his self-esteem and awareness of what he was capable of.
Fraser has since extended his placement to further build on his confidence and skills. He explains more about his role: “Starter Packs help people who are homeless and are moving into their first house. We are helping them by providing basic household items. I think there are too many homeless people in Glasgow. I wanted to volunteer for Starter Packs as the work they do is so important. The charity relies on volunteers to help them support others and I have been here for 6 months now.”
Fraser’s top words of advice for you: “Just because you are visually impaired or have a disability doesn’t mean you can’t do something. If you are thinking about volunteering just try it!”