I started to volunteer as I wanted to do something productive with my evenings. I searched for opportunities online and I came across Volunteer Glasgow. The site was brilliant. It felt like a one stop shop where I could search for an organisation I was interested in and topics that meant something to me.
During my search I came across the Young Persons Befriending Service. It sounded amazing! In that I could be a kid again and do fun activities, but most importantly I would be able to see the impact my volunteering had first hand.
I got matched with my Young Person 4 years ago when they were shy, anxious, low in confidence and had trouble in school. In the past 4 years we have met up every week. We go to a café and have hot chocolate & cake. We go to the cinema or bowling. We go for walks or play tennis in the local park. On special occasions we save up and go to Stirling Castle or Go karting.
During the past 4 years I have had great fun but I also have a great sense of pride and achievement. I can see first hand the difference 2 hours of my time has made to a Young Person. As my Young Person is now a confident teenager who is doing well at school and have a great group of friends.
I can’t wait to see what the next 4 years look like for us.