Involving our young people in Voluntary Action
Volunteering is a great way to learn something new and meet new people. You can also make a valuable contribution to your community by doing something you enjoy. It is also an enjoyable way to add to your skills and CV.
If you want to be a volunteer who can make a real difference, you need to ask yourself the following questions:
- What skills, qualities and interests do I have to offer?
- Am I able to take on a commitment to voluntary work?
- What would I like to get out of it for myself?
- Is there anything that would influence or restrict my choice of voluntary work?
- Would I need support? If so, how much and from whom?
- How much information about myself would I want to share with an organisation?
- How often would I want to volunteer and for how long?
Council and East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure Trust volunteering information can be found at:
External websites with further opportunities and advice:
Did you know that if you are between 12 and 25 and interested in volunteering, you can get an award for your voluntary work?
The Scottish Government endorsed a new Saltire Award which recognises voluntary work by young people. Having this recognition for all you have learned and achieved can really help with applications for college and/or university. It also looks great on your CV and can help put you ahead of the pack when looking for work.
Saltire can be a progressive award and you can move up from one level to another or you can enter at the stage that is best for you.