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Huntly student speaks on volunteering experiences as part of Volunteers’ Week

By Jonny Clark

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A HUNTLY student who has been volunteering for a voice and rights charity has spoken about her experiences as part of Volunteers’ Week.

Skye Thain (20) - who is studying at the University of Glasgow - spoke about deciding to volunteer for VoiceAbility while studying a politics and social policy degree.

Huntly volunteer Skye Thain.
Huntly volunteer Skye Thain.

She has been volunteering for VoiceAbility for September. The charity supports people to be heard in decisions about their health, care and wellbeing.

The 20-year-old found VoiceAbility through ‘job hub’ at her university. After registering her interest online, Skye has gone on to complete her training and take on the role of service team volunteer.

In her role, she works with disabled people who need support to access Social Security Scotland benefits.

Speaking during Volunteers’ Week, Skye said: “There was an aspect of wanting to give back to the community in a small way.

“I haven’t really done many community things since I’ve come to university, and I was quite interested in social justice.

“I looked at the VoiceAbility website and it seemed like it really matched with those kind of values.

“I have really enjoyed the networking parts of the role – going out, speaking to people and building client relationships has been really great.

“There are really amazing charities doing all this great work in the local community that I live in, but I would never have known about it if it wasn’t for VoiceAbility.

“The training is so comprehensive and volunteering for VoiceAbility is really flexible. If you’re thinking of volunteering, I’d say definitely go for it!”

So far Skye has visited residents in their own homes, been to community centres to talk about the support available, and attended the Scottish Parliament for a VoiceAbility reception where people who have received support told their stories to MSPs.

Emily Johnston, VoiceAbility’s operations manager for Scotland, added: “A huge thank you to Skye and all our other volunteers for the important part they play in supporting people to be heard and get the support they need.

“If you’re thinking about volunteering then please visit our website to find out more, where there’s also a short form you can fill in to register your interest.”

For more information about volunteering for VoiceAbility, which includes opportunities across Scotland, visit voiceability.org/volunteer.

To find out more about the advocacy support VoiceAbility provides in Scotland, visit voiceability.org/in-Scotland.

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