Thinking about new year resolutions? Try volunteering

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Cornerstone volunteers.

​Cornerstone says volunteering can change lives for the better

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22nd December 2016 by Graham Martin 0 Comments

A leading Scottish charity is encouraging people to consider volunteering as an alternative to traditional new year’s resolutions.

Cornerstone, which provides care and supports to adults, children and young people with disabilities and other support needs, is recruiting volunteers to add to its existing pool of supporters.

The charity requires volunteers to support at events and to befriend individuals it supports to attend social events or just to go for a coffee and a chat.

Full training and support is given by the organisation’s dedicated volunteer coordinators and all reasonable travel and out of pocket expenses are covered.

Laura Kennedy, volunteer coordinator for the west of Scotland at Cornerstone, said: “Volunteering can be an extremely rewarding endeavour and is a way to meet new people and learn new skills while helping people with disabilities and support needs to lead a valued life – the life they choose.

“For students and other people looking for valuable CV experience, volunteering can be a great option and it can also provide a great way to spend time in retirement – especially for people who are used to working in a ‘person-focused’ environment.”

Everyone who volunteers with Cornerstone will be matched with someone suitable or can choose to work at events or, if they have individual skills, can be found a bespoke opportunity that appeals.

Stuart McEwan, an admin volunteer in Renton, West Dunbartonshire, said: “I have been volunteering with Cornerstone for six years, but have been with a range of organisations for over 18 years. The best part is that there is no pressure and I can do it in my own time, at my own pace – it’s totally flexible.

“Throughout my time volunteering I have had the opportunity to learn new skills and in some cases earn certificates along the way too.”

Volunteering is open to anyone aged 16 and over – subject to passing required disclosure checks – with posts available across Scotland.

Cornerstone provides care and support services for adults, young people and children across Scotland with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and other support needs.

Since 1980, it has grown to support more than 2,200 people each year, delivering services within 18 local authority areas across Scotland. 

More information on Cornerstone can be found here.