FAQs

CAN I STILL CLAIM BENEFITS?

Yes, we'll support you so that you can continue to job hunt and meet your benefits requirements. We understand that you need to be available for interviews. As a result, we run workshops and ask our mentors to work hard to give you the chance to build your interview skills while volunteering.

WHAT IS VOLUNTEERING?

Volunteering is like making a trade. You give your time, energy, and talents; in return you get experience, skills, and connections. What's more, other people are helped by your actions leaving everyone with a warm fuzzy feeling inside. You benefit, your community benefits, and Scotland is a better place.

WHY VOLUNTEER?

Why not volunteer?! You get to try out new things, learn valuable lessons, make useful contacts, and meet new people. Also, some people just get a kick out of helping others. Most of all you gain real skills and experience in something you enjoy that could help you get a great job in the end. From IT experience to gamekeeping, whatever floats your boat. There are volunteer opportunities for everyone. Go for it. You've got nothing to lose.

WHAT ELSE WILL I GET?

We'll make sure you are not out of pocket as you go back and forth to volunteer. We'll also invite you to a variety of fun things including events and workshops.

WHAT IS PROJECTSCOTLAND?

ProjectScotland is volunteering that matches your hopes and aspirations to the actual needs in your local area. We give 16 to 30 year olds just like you the chance to do something amazing, to change the world for the better, to gain experience and to have a damn good time all by volunteering.

IS IT A QUALIFICATION?

You get an Honours Degree in Bad-Ass-ology from the University of Hell Yeah. Actually that’s not true. It’s better than that. You will discover talents you never knew you had. Your confidence will rocket, or so say 78% of our volunteers and 5,000 people can’t be wrong, can they? Some of our charity partners will also offer training. So, while ProjectScotland isn’t a qualification, it is a great opportunity to improve your skills and get a recognisable brand on your CV.

WHAT HAPPENS AT THE END?

Statistically, you go on to achieve your goals and dreams. Many of our volunteers get jobs or go on to study and a massive 79% say they would recommend ProjectScotland to their friends, either that’s a good thing or these people don’t like their friends, and that just makes no sense.

WHAT KIND OF THINGS CAN I DO?

You can write articles, feed ponies, plant trees and drive vans. You can dig holes, hold hands and hold events. You can tweet and meet and greet. We have a wide range of volunteering opportunities available at any one time. As a result we can match your skills to charities working in areas like, the arts, sports, youth work or animal care. Or, to the bits of charities that do things like marketing, human resources, fundraising and events. Talk to us about what you are good at and we'll suggest a few different things that might interest you.

WHO CAN DO IT?

Anyone aged 16 to 30 who lives in Scotland. People who listen to Punk, or Funk, or like to krump. People with sport socks or dreadlocks or mohawks, mohicans and Vegans and Glaswegians! People that live in caves, that don’t shave and have friends called Dave! It doesn’t matter if you left school without a pencil or have a degree. We work all over Scotland too, check out our volunteering map.

WHO WILL SUPPORT ME?

Every volunteer can work with a Mentor. Your Mentor is another brain to pick, an ear to listen and a push in the right direction. They help you work out how you want to do things. Together with your line manager they will help you get the most out of your placement.

WILL IT BE HARD WORK?

Yes. But sitting around all day twiddling your thumbs doesn’t help anyone, and it won’t be ridiculously hard work, like building the pyramids. You will be assigned a line manager, someone at your placement who’s there to make sure you have enough to do and are enjoying yourself.

HOW LONG WILL I VOLUNTEER FOR?

We require a commitment of 20-30 hours a week, Monday - Friday, for 3 months. That still gives you plenty of time to socialise or do part-time work if you want. And if you get a job while you are volunteering, that’s great. We'll be delighted for you!