A message from our Chief Exec, Dr Mhairi Crawford, as we kick off Volunteers' Week 2021.
"Volunteers’ Week is a great opportunity to celebrate and thank the volunteers who support LGBT Youth Scotland's work.
This last year has seen significant change for everyone, not least for our volunteers. We've moved from offering face-to-face services to a fully digital offering and asked our volunteers to develop their skillset to support delivery of youth work on our Pride and Pixels platform. They’ve truly risen to the challenge and, via our youth work team and volunteers, we’ve been able to engage and support around 1500 young people over the last year.
Volunteers delivered 758 hours of youth work on our Pride and Pixels platform from 1 July 2020 to 31 March 2021. That’s 85 hours or nearly 2.5 weeks of volunteer support a month and the impact they’ve had on the young people we support has been significant:
“I think that I would have struggled a lot more than I have because I wouldn’t have really had anyone to talk to or anyone to help me through stuff had LGBT Youth’s digital work not been here “ - Young person, 17.
We’ve been investing in our volunteers over the past year, taking our training online to better support and engage volunteers from across Scotland and have successfully recruited and trained 48 new volunteers in our Youth Work Ready programme.
There’s excitement for the future as well, as we’re building our talent pool to support volunteering across other areas of the charity and to make the most some of the amazing specialist skills that our volunteers have to help the charity grow.
I also want to recognise the culture of volunteering we have in our staff team. In the past year they've volunteered externally - taking advantage of the volunteering days that we offer - to support LGBTI groups, sit on boards, and also to support Scotland’s covid response.
This volunteers week, we'll be sharing fun facts and profiles of a few of our volunteers, so be sure to keep an eye out on our social media.
Our next volunteer application period opens on 7 June and closes on 19 June – please apply and join us!"