I started volunteering with YCSA in November 2016 after seeing an advert on Volunteer Scotland that matched my interests and skills and could offer me great experience towards my desire to work in a Community Learning and Development related organisation. Though I had graduated with a Post Graduate Diploma in Community Learning and Development I was looking for more experience and this appeared to be a perfect opportunity.
YCSA’s values of Responsibility, Empower, Support, Potential, Equality, Challenge and Trust (spelling RESPECT) are in line with my own values and it was clear from the beginning that it was a very supportive atmosphere with these values not only embedded in the work carried out with young people but also forming the workplace culture. From the induction with the Volunteers Manger to working with the rest of the team, it was clear there it was a very creative group of people who were also very welcoming and friendly.
During my placement I was offered the opportunity to gain experience in facilitating and co-facilitating group work as this was something that I was personally looking to gain. I was teamed up with an experienced Programme Worker and two other volunteers to plan and carry out a project called Pro:motion that included drama workshops working with Toonspeak, campaigning and design workshops with MacLab and creating a film which was scripted, produced and edited by the young people who were participating.
Having learned much from this experience and gaining confidence I then applied for a Project Worker position which has given me further opportunities to develop by creating programmes and workshops and facilitating groups with the continued support from my colleagues.