Quarriers currently works with over 300 volunteers, each of whom give their time to help us to change lives. Every volunteer brings their own unique skills to their role, whether they provide administrative support or specialist tutoring. Meet some of the volunteers who have supported us this year.
Megan (above) has volunteered with Quarriers for three years as a befriender for two ladies supported by Quarriers.
Megan says “I have loved every minute of it! I have created so many special bonds with so many people including the two ladies I meet with and do arts and crafts with while catching up over a cup of coffee. I have gained so much confidence.”
Nadia, who is working towards her Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, runs a weekly baking session with people supported by our Pollok Supported Living Service. Karen, who is supported by the service, said “I really look forward to baking sessions with Nadia and everyone enjoys scoffing the end results!”
Nadia says “Working with Karen has not only been a fun and worthwhile experience, it has increased my confidence, especially when working with those from diverse backgrounds. My experience has also allowed me to exercise my communication skills. I have gained many invaluable skills such as being able to successfully work within a team.”
John is a Volunteer Team Leader and driver at Quarriers Pollok Supported Living Initiative, supporting people to enjoy activities and coordinating the volunteers at the service. John says “As a volunteer team leader I get a lot of satisfaction knowing that the team of volunteers that I support are all involved in activities which they have specifically chosen and which give them the rewards they are looking for from volunteering. The people we support benefit from participation in a range of experiences and skills which would otherwise be unavailable to them which makes a real difference to their quality of life.”
David and Shannon volunteer as responders with Quarriers Technology Enabled Care (TEC) Service, providing support to people via video link.
“I have epilepsy and have relied on a lot of support from family and friends, and I wanted to help others in the same way,” says David. “As a TEC Responder, I try to help people connect with the many advantages that technology brings, which can include talking to staff or friends online, using technology to organise your life or watching films. I’ve had excellent training and met some lovely people.”
Shannon, who recently graduated from high school, says “Volunteering with TEC is perfect for me as it allowed me to work from home and help out in my community, and I could schedule it around school and studying. Volunteering is a wonderful experience, and you get a sense of pride knowing that you’ve taken time to do something you know will make a huge difference to someone else’s life.”