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Meet the Volunteers! 

 

Steven Whitehead

“Just go for it! You’ll uncover opportunities that you wouldn’t have imagined to have existed.”

Steven has achieved his 10, 25 and 50-hour Saltire awards. He has gained these through web development work mainly at Volunteer Gateway East Sutherland (VGES), and is nearing his 100 hour award. He started out by making minor tweaks to the existing VGES website, and recently has been creating a whole new page for the site which is still in development. Steven has created an “S6 Seniors Page” to update pupils S4-6 in Golspie High School on volunteering opportunities, study tips and events in the area, and contributed to the school Christmas service by creating a power point presentation highlighting the struggles that Syrian refugees are facing. Steven has applied for courses relating to creative computing; all of his volunteering work has contributed to his experience and his abilities in the field making it well worthwhile.

 

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Beth Murray

“I wanted to give something back to my local community.”

Beth began volunteering a couple of years ago with the intention of taking a gap year in order to volunteer abroad. However growing up in Golspie, Beth felt that she wanted to give something back to the community which had provided her with so many opportunities. To date,  Beth has achieved her 200 hours volunteering mainly through tutoring others at the Sutherland Schools Piped Band. In the summer of 2015, Beth travelled to Ski Lanka to volunteer abroad and has also recently started volunteering for the Brownies and within her high school.

 

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Dawn Cowie

“A Saltire Champion.”

Dawn has achieved her 200-hour Saltire award through volunteering with the Archie Foundation, and has been named a ‘Saltire Champion’. She discovered the Archie foundation in November 2014 when she was a patient in Aberdeen Children’s Hospital, and has been actively fundraising for them since then. She began by working at the Highland Food and Drink festival, selling raffle tickets for the Foundation, and has since organized a Race and Auction Night, which took place on 28th February 2015. The event included complementary drinks, a live band and much more. Dawn raised £10,000 for the Archie Foundation as a result! As part of a team, Dawn helped to organize a mini ‘Belladrum Paint Party Festival’ in 2015 for the patients of the Aberdeen Children’s Hospital. For the past two years she has been volunteering at “Santa’s Grotto” as an elf, welcoming the children and helping with the photography. Last October Dawn gave a speech at the Highland Feast about her own experience with the Archie Foundation, what they have done for her and how much it means to share her story and encourage others to help.

All of her charity events work has inspired her to go to university and study Events Management, however if this doesn’t work out Dawn wishes to go into nursing because of the positive impact that the amazing nursing staff have had on her life.

 

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Claire Pickett

“It is great to see a young adult so involved in her community.”

Claire decided to start volunteering in July 2015, and applied for a two week volunteering role with Renfrewshire Leisure (a local leisure centre). The role involved supporting staff to look after children between the ages of 5-13 by participating in activities such as arts and crafts, swimming and gym classes. As Claire’s ambition is to become a PE teacher she felt that she gained valuable experience through her volunteering. At the end of the two weeks she had volunteered for a total of 80 hours and received a 50 hours Saltire Award in August 2015. Since then, Claire has continued to volunteer, helping out at the Paisley Road Race, where she distributed medals, water and fruit to the runners.

 

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Isla Macleod

“Volunteering with enthusiasm and a smile.”

Isla has achieved over 500 Saltire hours and continues to volunteer in her community. Isla began volunteering in 2013- every Wednesday after school she would help out in the Alzheimers Scotland Charity Shop in Golspie. She also began attending the Golspie High School Interact club and went on to become the Chair Person, a role in which she helped raise money for charity by organising and leading events. Isla has also volunteered at the local Beavers and Cubs group, has lead activities at her local youth club and has been volunteering as a ‘buddy’ in her school to help look out for younger pupils.

 

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John Martin

“John is a role model for other students.”

John has achieved his Saltire Summit Award and has completed over 200 hours of volunteering to date. John is a willing volunteer across all departments in Gleniffer High School, where he has worked to support fellow students in engineering, design or science related tasks – helping others with their time management, presentation and communication skills. John has also volunteered in the Humanities Department where he worked as a Peer Educator during the Anne Frank Exhibition,  giving a presentation to P7, S1 and 2 pupils, as well as local senior citizens. John’s volunteering was crucial to the setting up and running of ‘Silver Fox Surfers’ where he presented the pitch to the local “Dragon’s Den” for start-up capital, and was both a Financial Director and trainer who presented two successful courses. The local senior citizens who attended these courses gave him excellent reviews and really valued his input. John has also volunteered in a variety of extra-curricular activities, coaching S1-S3 students in hockey after school, as a member of the “backstage crew” at the school show and as an Ambassador for Renfrewshire Council. His latest volunteering role is as peer mentor to Gleniffer High’s 2016 Go4SET team (you read more about Go4SET here).
John Martin smiling, displaying various badges on his school blazer.

 

 

 

 

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