Here at ScotsCare we believe in looking after those who help others. Our 51 volunteers help support our services, but most importantly – our clients. From receptionists to Blether Buddies, our volunteers lend a helping hand, and often an ear, to fellow Scots. It’s important, therefore, to celebrate their good work, and what better way […]
Here at ScotsCare we believe in looking after those who help others. Our 51 volunteers help support our services, but most importantly – our clients. From receptionists to Blether Buddies, our volunteers lend a helping hand, and often an ear, to fellow Scots. It’s important, therefore, to celebrate their good work, and what better way than with a spot of boating.
On Friday 31st July, ScotsCare volunteers and staff members set sail on the good ship Valulla for their annual boat trip and BBQ on the River Thames. Volunteers were able to unwind and enjoy the sights of London from the roof of the boat, passing the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye and even waving tourists on bridges.
Volunteers at ScotsCare are the lifeblood of the services we provide for 1st and 2nd generation Scots facing hardship or isolation in London. By giving up part of their day our volunteers can help us to man the helpline and front desk, and assist with admin and social events. Our volunteers can also work as befrienders, who regularly call or visit elderly or isolated clients for a wee blether.
However, it’s not all one sided. One of the wonderful things about volunteering is the benefit you also get by giving your own time in the service of others. On many occasions a volunteer will find they learn new skills and qualifications which can reenergise their career, help establish a new social life and professional network, and, of course, the satisfaction of knowing you have brightened another person’s day.
Brian MacDowell has been a volunteer for ScotsCare for over two years. As a former client of the charity, he received a grant to help improve his circumstances and recalls how brilliant and cheerful the Helpdesk volunteers always were. It’s for these reasons that Brian understands first-hand the importance ScotsCare, and the support of its volunteers, can make to the lives of the individual.
“I was helped by ScotsCare over 4 years ago and it meant a lot to me to be able to give something back to say thank you. Volunteering has given me the motivation I was looking for, and has increased my self-esteem and raised my confidence in my abilities.”
Willie Docherty, Chief Executive for ScotsCare, adds;
“ScotsCare are thankful to have such a dedicated team of volunteers who are committed to helping others, but who also understand and care about the hardship and struggles of others. We as an organisation couldn’t operate to the level we do without our volunteers’ dedication.”
To find out more on how you can become a ScotsCare volunteer, email Louise on Louise.Davies@scotscare.com or call 020 7240 3718.