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Volunteers Week - Rebecca's Story

In the next of our series of #VolunteersWeek articles we hear from Rebecca who volunteers with our Edinburgh youth groups and is highlighting some of the youth participation work she's been involved in:

Rebecca“Volunteering has enabled me to give something back to the community.

I get the opportunity to help others who have been in similar situations to me, and am able to show them that it’s not all doom and gloom; that we are allowed to be happy. I am fortunate in that the young people who use our service are some of the most mature, intelligent and wonderful people I’ve had the privilege to work with. They leave me in no doubt that the future will be a better place in their hands.

I feel that volunteering at LGBT YS is not purely social, but educational too. As a volunteer, we’re constantly learning and adapting – not just to the political and social upheavals – but the young people teach us all manners of things, from memes and who to follow on Twitter, to keep us older folk relevant!

 

"They leave me in no doubt that the future will be a better place in their hands"

 

I would say that the most important aspect of donating my time to LGBT YS is being able to interact with the sheer amount of policy-makers and decision-makers who regularly drop-by to get the latest opinions from young people. Not just for myself, but the young people must feel so proud that they get to have a say in their future when meeting with these politicians and let them know what it’s like to be different in the 21st century.”



Want to join us as a volunteer like Rebecca, and help to save and change LGBTI young people's lives?

Find out more about volunteering for LGBT Youth Scotland and get our volunteering application form here.