I’m Lizzie and I started volunteering with Disability Information Scotland in 2018.
I had just finished a job which I hadn’t really enjoyed and I knew I wanted to work in the charity sector but wasn’t really sure of what area or what role I wanted to work in.
I took on volunteering a couple of days a week while also working part-time. I wanted to gain my confidence back after my previous job, learn some new skills and work out what role might suit me in the charity sector.
One of the best things about volunteering at Disability Information Scotland are the staff. They were really friendly and welcoming and went out of their way to make me feel part of the team and answer any questions I might have about the work I was doing or the charity sector in general.
My particular volunteering role was updating the Scottish Disability Directory. This gave me some experience of admin and working with a database. I felt like I was doing genuinely useful work for the charity and not just making cups of tea.
I was given help when I needed it but also responsibility when I wanted it too.
When a job came up with the charity in 2019 I was delighted that I was offered the opportunity to apply for the role. With the skills and experience I had gained as a volunteer I knew that this would be a great opportunity to develop further in this field. I already knew that I would get the best possible training and supervision in my new role as an Information Services Coordinator.
I would recommend volunteering to anyone and particularly volunteering with Disability Information Scotland.