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Success stories from our dedicated volunteers and volunteer involving organisations

Unit 4-5, 18/20 Townhead Kirkintilloch Glasgow G66 1NL 0141 578 6680 @EastDunVA #VolunteersWeek #VolunteerHeroes #VolunteerandProud

East Dunbartonshire Voluntary Action is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO). Registered Scottish Charity No: SC042983. This document can be provided in alternative formats as required. Please contact EDVA at the contact details provided to request this. ŠEast Dunbartonshire Voluntary Action. All Rights Reserved 2014

Thank you! Welcome to East Dunbartonshire Voluntary Action’s Celebration Brochure 2014! Within this brochure you will find stories from some amazing volunteers, all of whom have been chosen as Volunteers of the Month since August last year! You’ll even hear from some local volunteer involving organisations that have been awarded funding to continue their amazing work to help strengthen the communities of East Dunbartonshire! For more information on other and future Volunteers of the Month, please check out our website: Or if you wish to nominate someone then please email us on:

Volunteer of Stories the Month AUGUST 2013 Name: Laraine Parsons Volunteers with: Cue and Review Recording Service (10 years)

“My favourite part of volunteering is working with all the young people employed by the service through Community Jobs Scotland, it keeps you young. Seeing young people coming into the studio for work experience, to see how these people grow in confidence and see them going on to satisfying work.” – Laraine

It’s great to have someone with Laraine’s life experience there to support the team. – Morag Mackay (Operations Director at Cue and Review)

September 2013 Name: Gurpal Stickland Volunteers with: Befrienders

“Volunteering makes you a more interesting person, extends your range of friends and contributes to your happiness and well-being because you are not concentrating on your own worries.” - Gurpal

Gurpal has been a volunteer befriender and supporter for many years and also served on our Board going beyond and above her role. -Elaine Smith, EDVA Operations Manager



Name: William Wilson

Name: Andrew (18) and David (16) Petrie

Volunteers with: Food Co-op

Volunteers with: Enable Scotland

William has been volunteering with East Dunbartonshire Food Co-ops since the beginning. During that time he has taken part in training and helped at events. He is an important member of the team of volunteers. With his quiet manner, he is always willing and can be relied upon completely. Since I started working with the food co-ops William has helped me with practical problems like how the till works - and he makes excellent soup which customers and the other volunteers at Hillhead Food Co-op can enjoy. A well deserved volunteer of the month! – Susan Murray (Food Co-op Development Officer)

“I volunteer to get out and about, and meet new people.” William

“(Volunteering) is something to get involved in and it feels great to know you are making a difference for someone else’s life. If you want to try new things, meet new people and have a great time then volunteering is definitely worth trying out!” – Andrew


“I have learned to trust in my abilities to do things properly since I used to question everything I did, now I just do the task and unless someone else questions it I now have the confidence to say that it is correct.” - David

Name: Winnie Findlay, 94 years old Volunteers with: Wool You Be Our Volunteer? Donated over 600 sets of hats, scarves, mittens and squares for blankets, all for the Samaritans Purse Shoe Box Appeal.Winnie’s dedication to her knitting for others has been an example to us all. We at EDVA wish her well as she settles into her new home.

FEBRUARY 2014 Name: Pat Brown

DECEMBER 2013 Name: Martin Brickley Volunteers with: Board Member for PPF (Public Partnership Forum), Change Fund Transformational Group, Secretary of Kirkintilloch and District Seniors Forum and chaired the East Dunbartonshire Youth Question Time in November 2014. “The benefits I derive from volunteering are the enjoyment from actively participating in my local community, meeting new people and exposure to new experiences. Older people should volunteer because it makes a massive difference as to how they feel and to what they provide for the wider population. It also means they require less healthcare and general supporting by being active and feeling useful.” - Martin

Volunteers with: Telephone Befrienders, Member of Bishopbriggs and District Seniors Forum, Wool You Be Our Volunteer? Knitting Group and East Dunbartonshire Voluntary Action office volunteer.

Pat has been a great help within the EDVA office taking on many tasks with good humour and patience. She is a breath of fresh air and we all enjoy working with her. - Elaine Smith, EDVA Operations Manager

“It’s not just a one way street; you get your own glow back.” - Pat

Successful Funding

MARCH 2014 Name: Tommy Starrs Volunteers with: Chairperson of the Campsie Memorial Hall Trust “My favourite part of volunteering is working with a group of similarly committed people and making a difference on the lives of others; creating memories in particular for children. I am frequently amazed at how much pleasure I get from small victories and I am in awe of the others in our group who turn out week in-week out and do all that is needed to make our venture a success. Volunteering doesn’t have to be a major commitment; it can be whatever you can manage. It is a highly rewarding experience for me and I’m sure for all our other members. It is an ideal way to practically demonstrate a belief in the notion of community.” - Tommy

GRACE (Group Recovery Aftercare Community Enterprise) Fund: Scottish Government Charitable Bond; Big Lottery Fund Awards for All. “The funding we have received has helped us take a massive step forward, particularly since we’re a relatively new charity. Since receiving funding we have now hired our first paid employee and have been able to provide training in all sorts of courses such as: drama workshops; sign language; employability; and confidence building. Some of the courses that we provide are SQA accredited.” - Robert Smith, Founder of GRACE Yogability Fund: Grant from Better Breaks; Big Lottery 2014 Community Grant. “We are delighted that Yogability has received a Grant from Better Breaks and a Big Lottery 2014 Community Grant. The Better Breaks grant will enable us to take the families we work with away for a couple of weekends to give them a break from everyday stresses. We are planning to have a weekend where the families can spend some quality time together, but also have a break from “caring”. We will have volunteers to help look after the children giving the parents time to relax. Everyone will get the chance of some yoga and relaxation over the weekend.

APRIL 2014 Name: Amy McDowall Volunteers with: Within her school and Making a Connection mentoring project. “My favourite part of being a volunteer is giving back to the community in some way and also learning new skills. I have learned that I thoroughly enjoy helping others and I would recommend volunteering because it not only helps you build on your own skills, but it also helps other people.” Amy

I firmly believe in the power of volunteering and the benefits it offers to young people and in turn, I am extremely proud of all the volunteers that take part in the Making a Connection Project. They consistently surprise me with their determination and dedication to assisting young people in need of support, and on going community events. Over time Amy has developed and matured and has shown that not only has she gained confidence but has also became very independent. In turn Amy is a fantastic mentor and is committed to supporting her peers and is also part of our in-house peer education group to raise awareness of mental health. -Caroline Atkins (Making a Connection Development Officer)

The 2014 Community Grant will allow us to continue our community classes in Milngavie, Partick and Drumchapel.” -Debbie Ritchie, one of the two Founders of Yogability

What EDVA Can Do For You... We at EDVA have a range of support and tools at our disposal to help groups search and apply for funding for various costs from equipment, training, staff costs, running costs, volunteer recruitment and ongoing support, events and much much more. EDVA would be delighted to hear from you if you require assistance with any of the above. Come and visit us in Kirkintilloch or give us call. Our details are on the back of this brochure.

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