Today marks the start of Volunteers' Week, giving us the perfect excuse to celebrate the absolutely incredible people who donate their time and skills to our organisation. Last year at LGBT Youth Scotland, our volunteer team contributed 7,300 hours to the charity with an estimated financial benefit of £90k to LGBTI young people.
We offer a broad selection of opportunities to get involved in our work, ranging from supporting our youth groups to the Talent Pool: a collection of skilled people to whom we can go when we need support with specific projects or events. To learn more and submit an application, head to our Volunteering page.
Volunteer blog: Grant Anderson
I was a policy and research volunteer with LGBT Youth Scotland for three years while doing my PhD. LGBT Youth Scotland was such a good opportunity for me because I was looking for ways to use and develop my research skills, but I am also passionate about the equality and wellbeing of LGBT people. Through my time at LGBT Youth Scotland, I developed the research, analysis and writing skills which have been essential to the success of my education and my career. The support that I received during my time as a volunteer encouraged me to be more confident about how I conduct research and I was always asked to contribute through the research process. The role was, at times, challenging but with the right support it helped me to think critically about how policy and research work can have real impacts on people’s lives.
One of the key benefits of volunteering with LGBT Youth Scotland was getting to work with a great team of people who are passionate and determined to improve the lives of LGBT young people in Scotland. I felt that the team was always encouraging, seeing the value in the work that I was doing as part of the policy and research team and willing to help out or give advice whenever it was needed.
Perhaps my proudest achievement when working with LGBT Youth Scotland, was being able to contribute to the Life in Scotland for LGBT young people survey for 2017. The survey was a large, nation-wide undertaking which was challenging, but with the right support and encouragement from other team members, it was a hugely rewarding process. The report was launched at the Scottish Parliament and has been used as evidence across different organisations and to influence LGBT Youth Scotland policies. Seeing my name on that report, being part of that work, and knowing that that work will be used to directly challenge some of the issues that LGBT young people face, made me really proud of the work that I do.