Volunteers are incredible.
Did you know…
In 2016/17, 19.8 million (37%) people in the UK volunteered formally at least once a year and 11.9 million (22%) of people did so at least once a month.
We couldn’t survive without the wonderful support of our volunteers at the Cranhill Development Trust, as part of Volunteers Week 2018 we’ve been celebrating them each day on our social media with their stories and photographs.
Every single one of them brings something unique to Cranhill, whether it’s their upbeat nature, stories at our tea times, care of the community,utter dedication and hardwork but most importantly their friendship. What better reason to kick off our new blog by celebrating even more of the wonderful volunteers here at CDT with a post from Michael about his time with us.
At the start of 2018 we welcomed a new placement volunteer, Michael, to the Cranhill Development Trust to support our employability programme. We are very fortunate in Cranhill to have a year-round team of college and university placements supporting our programme and services. In return for their help and hard work, CDT supports them with any and all employability support they require, further training and qualifications and a platform to create work and dialogue with the community of Cranhill and beyond.
We asked Michael if he could tell our followers about his time with Cranhill Development Trust and what the placement offered to him.
I have just finished my Post Graduate Diploma in Career Guidance and Development. As part of this course I was given the opportunity to volunteer, I chose to do this at Cranhill Development Trust. A few other students also wanted to come to Cranhill as a student had already did a piece of work on what they do and it was very interesting.
It was when I started that I began to understand a lot about community development. I was involved in projects and activities relating to employability although, the Trust do lots more. It was a great pleasure for me to contribute to the development of the community through volunteering because the impact was visible.
Some people don’t value volunteer work, some consider volunteering as waste of time and resources. They cannot understand that individuals can help people without receiving a salary. If you are to succeed at volunteering you should be determined and passionate and remember results aren’t always visible immediately.
By volunteering at Cranhill, I learned a lot about myself. It allowed me to offer services but I was also able to learn new things and improve my own skills. The staff are brilliant and I signed up to complete a Community Achievement Award whilst there, due to the Development Trust’s partnership with Kelvin College. It was an excellent experience that really helped me develop.
If you would like to speak to us further in regards to organising a placement within the trust, please get in touch.
0141 774 3344