Volunteer Stories

Engage Volunteers

Laura Connor

Laura Connor.jpgLaura commenced volunteering with Engage Renfrewshire early 2017, she is 36 years old and lives in Ferguslie Park with her two sons and partner Paul. Laura previously worked in office administration, working temporarily for various companies and organisations which she thoroughly enjoyed.

Laura quoted

“I decided to apply for the Volunteer position at Engage Renfrewshire as they are very much community based and I felt Volunteering would make a significant difference in my life in terms of gaining more self-confidence, new skills and meeting new people. In my spare time I am Secretary in the Parent Council at Ferguslie Pre-5's, I also enjoy spending time with my family and reading.”

Engage Renfrewshire is delighted having Laura on board and wish her well in her role. Laura has already attended a meeting at Grammar School to help promote Volunteering and Saltire Awards plus she regularly posts volunteer vacancies onto our Volunteer Renfrewshire Facebook page.  Laura has also received employment support from Invest in Renfrewshire who are based at  St. Ninian’s Parish Church, Ferguslie on a Wednesday morning and I’m sure you will hear more about Laura in the future.

Afo Afolabi

Afo.jpgAyodele “Afo” Afolabi (known as Afo) is studying Human Resource Management at UWS Paisley Campus.  He is one of Engage Renfrewshire’s volunteers and as part of his volunteering role he supports a charity called The Environmental Training Team (ETT) and has done so for almost two years. Afo is deservedly recognised for his sense of humour, warm personality, commitment, and real competence.  Supporting ETT has been mutually beneficial for both Afo, and, ETT. This gives Afo the opportunity to gain practical experience which blends perfectly with the theoretical learning he is gaining at UWS. ETT can also take advantage of his expertise and apply this within their organisation.

Afo quoted

“I decided to be a volunteer in order to give back to the community where I live.”

An average day with ETT involves AFO checking fire registers, ensuring health and safety is being followed, collecting data and ensuring volunteers understand the importance of having HR process in place. Since commencing he has established a robust management system such as personnel files, name badges and feedback questionnaires to ensure that the volunteers are being well looked after. He has even changed the office furniture around to ensure working space is more conducive to a good working environment. ETT is so impressed with Afo they have asked him to help develop other services such as painting / decorating, environmental clean ups, photography, media etc. The ultimate aim being for him to continue to support ETT with their back office function and processes which will help grow their business.

Delighted to confirm that Afo has been instrumental helping ETT achieve their Volunteer Friendly Award which is fantastic and demonstrates real professionalism.  This award is evidence that ETT have robust volunteering policies, procedures and good practices in place.

What Afo enjoys most about volunteering is meeting and working with new people. He also enjoys seeing how people behave when they are in a work based environment and truly believes the experience he is gaining will help his future employability prospects when he graduates. In his spare time, Afo plays golf, although recently he has been so busy volunteering and attending UWS he has very little time to play. He also likes to play table tennis in a local bar and is a single parent with three children.

As you can see, Afo is a proven track record of success as a volunteer. He is truly committed and sets an excellent example for others who may be considering volunteering as a way of reaching their goals and expectations. 

Ewelina Bredzinska

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Ewelina Bredzinska is studying BSc Business Technology at University West of Scotland (UWS) Paisley Campus and is in her second year.

Until recently, she was a volunteer with Engage Renfrewshire, her role being to help increase our social media presence, which she did very well indeed. 

UWS actively promote up to date volunteering opportunities and placements to their students.  UWS recognise the importance of students being able to gain practical experience to enhance academic learning. 

Read more about Ewelina  here

Eileen McLean

Eileen.jpgEileen McLean made a conscious decision to volunteer as she felt ready to do so. She thought volunteering would help achieve her goal of increasing self-belief confidence and practical skills. Ultimately, Eileen’s aim being to improve her life, secure paid employment and continue to increase her skills and confidence.

Read more about Eileen's journey here

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