This is Volunteers' Week, giving us the perfect excuse to celebrate the absolutely incredible people who donate their time and skills to our organisation. Last year at LGBT Youth Scotland, our volunteer team contributed 7,300 hours to the charity with an estimated financial benefit of £90k to LGBTI young people.
We offer a broad selection of opportunities to get involved in our work, ranging from supporting our youth groups to the Talent Pool: a collection of skilled people to whom we can go when we need support with specific projects or events. To learn more and submit an application, head to our Volunteering page.
Volunteer blog: Heather McDonald
I'm a volunteer youth worker in the Edinburgh office. I decided to seek out a volunteer role at LGBTYS at a time when I was unhappy in my job and really missing the sense of community I’d experienced as part of my LGBT group at university.
It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made: not only do I feel like I’m giving back to the community, but helping LGBT+ young people to meet and socialise with their peers and to have the kind of opportunities that didn’t exist for me growing up makes my role as a volunteer extremely fulfilling. I've now been volunteering at LGBTYS for 5 years and am pursuing a career change into mental health, helped greatly by the work experience I've gained as a youth worker.
Each evening spent in group is filled with banter and I always come home feeling energised and with a smile on my face. I've also learnt so much through the various workshops run in the youth groups, many of which are given by the young people themselves. I’d recommend volunteering at LGBTYS to anyone!