For Volunteers Week Scotland 2021, we're featuring profiles of our diverse and talented volunteer team.
Adair first started volunteering with us in 2018 in Falkirk. However, that was short-lived as work took him away. Adair returned to the area last year and became a volunteer again, this time with our group in Stirling, led by our youth worker Alan.
Adair says he volunteers as “I wanted to give something back to my local area (Stirlingshire) and help make things better for young people than they were for me growing up.”
Alan remembers when Adair first joined our team 2018, “Adair first joined us as a volunteer with our activist group in Falkirk, and played an integral part in supporting our young people on their journey as they planned, researched and developed workshops that focussed on issues facing young LGBTI people in the Forth Valley area and beyond. Adair's easy going nature ensured that the young people felt comfortable and safe in the space that we provided for them. Adair was a fantastic asset to the group and it was a great loss when he left.”
Even as a returning volunteer Adair still went through the same process as all volunteers which included our updated Youth Work Ready training. “Training was really helpful, informative, and easy to access online.”
Once he completed his training, he joined our Stirling group; “I was a bit nervous to start, but as I had previously worked with Alan the youth worker in the group, it was a lot of fun and my nerves disappeared very quickly.”
Alan continued, “I was over the moon when he returned to volunteer for our Stirling group, Triangle. Straight away he threw himself back in to his role and I was immediately confident that he was the right volunteer for the group. Adair brought his creativity, flair, sense of humour, warmth and sensitivity to the group and was embraced by the young people.”
As with many of our volunteers, Adair has taken experiences from his professional life, in his case working in television, and used them to create a workshop for young people. His workshop centred on LGBT representation on television. He said, “Creating the workshop was a lot of fun. I always wanted to be involved in TV and writing when I was young. But never thought someone like me could actually get a job like that. I hope my workshop showed the young people that if you have an imagination and a story to tell - which we all do - you can do anything you want. It was great to see them take the initial idea and let their imaginations run wild.”
When Adair is not volunteering he enjoys acting and song writing and says if you are thinking about Vvolunteering, you should “give it a try! It is very rewarding and a lot of fun. Just by contributing, you are already making a difference.”
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