Name: Laura Mushet
Organisation role: Volunteer befriender at Dumfries and Galloway Befriending Project
Length of time you have volunteered in this role: Just over two years now.
What made you consider becoming a volunteer? I had grown up with an awareness of the project, and I knew the difference it could make in a young person life. When I left university, I had more free time so I realised that would be the perfect opportunity to start volunteering.
What motivates you to continue volunteering? Knowing that the time that you spend with your young person is having an impact on their life, and you can help them through their daily life and any obstacles they face.
What impact has volunteering had on your life? It has definitely opened up my eyes to the challenges some young people have in their lives.
What skills have you brought to your role and what skills have you learned? I came into the role with patience, compassion and understanding, and I’ve gained confidence in the time that I have been volunteering. Additionally, I’ve learned how to navigate some trickier situations.
What else should a volunteer bring to a role? Bring a sense of fun and happiness – you’re there to make things that wee bit brighter!
What makes an organisation a great place to volunteer? One with a great cause, and most definitely with fabulous staff who are there to help you out.
What would you say to someone who is sitting on the fence about becoming a volunteer? Just do it! It’s so very worthwhile and no matter what, you’ll certainly learn something new about yourself.