Wiktoria Maria Sapko
I have always believed in doing the right thing and helping others when they need it most – that’s why I was ecstatic and proud when I learned that I was accepted into PSYV. My Mum found Police Scotland Youth Volunteers online and she sent me information about them, along with necessary application forms. I read into their work in the community and their high standards of behaviour and uniform. I was really impressed – I immediately knew this was something I wanted to be part of, so went to apply.
PSYV unlocked many volunteering opportunities for me, including local volunteering like helping out at Glasgow Rocks matches (where my duties included selling merchandise and mopping the court during the game), Fun Runs (where duties include marshalling the route), Community Events (where my duties are to do as I am told by the organiser) and larger events like the prestige National Police Memorial Day (which was attended by senior-rank Police Officers and the Prince of Wales) and the annual Remembrance Day Parade at George Square. Volunteering means a lot to me as I get the chance to give back to the Community who helped me settle in here after my family’s move from Poland. As a very young immigrant I spoke no English and was terrified and home sick. My kind neighbours, friends and acquaintances made the transition so much easier as they gave me there patience and good will, so I see volunteering as a way to pay them back as well as helping others that require support.
Two years of hard work and volunteering opportunities later I am now a Senior Youth Volunteer with over 300 hours of volunteering completed. My most memorable volunteering event was at the Milton Community Garden for Bonfire night 2019. I was in charge of putting up tape a distance away from the fireworks display and ensuring that no one crossed it for there own safety. It felt so good knowing that I was protecting the public and helping the organiser, who was short on Staff. I am proud off all my achievements and grateful for fantastic volunteering opportunities , none of which would be possible without PSYV.