Volunteering got me the job!Posted on January 27, 2016
Vicky is a former ProjectScotland volunteer and is now the Senior Play Ranger at Possibilities for Each and Every Kid (PEEK) in Glasgow. PEEK support young people aged 5-25 living in the East End and North of Glasgow. Through the use of play and creative learning provision they provide children and young people with the motivation, self-confidence and skills they need to change their lives.
Vicky cannot stress enough how important volunteering is, “if someone was thinking about volunteering I’d tell them to absolutely go for it. It can be great. It changed my life!”
For Vicky, volunteering was what gave her confidence and self-belief during a difficult time. When she left school her home life was less than ideal, whilst her time at school had been overshadowed by bullying. PEEK became a haven for her and she soon got involved with their Duke of Edinburgh volunteering programme.
Despite volunteering casually with PEEK she was uncertain about her future. Seeing her confidence grow, the team at PEEK recommended the ProjectScotland programme to Vicky and she jumped at the chance. She thrived within her voluntary role, and continued on to complete an SVQ Level 3 in Youth York before returning to college to earn a SVQ Level 3 in Playwork
She tells us “Without PEEK and ProjectScotland I don’t know what I would have done. PEEK helped me get my first flat when I left home, and they both supported me through a really difficult time in my life. I love that I now get to give that same support to the kids that come to PEEK now. ”
The benefit of PEEK and ProjectScotland’s support as a young adult is something Vicky is grateful for and is keen to share with other young service users now.
Check back later this week to hear from Ian, former ProjectScotland volunteer number 3!