By Alistair Neil, Active East Youth Development Coordinator
Volunteering is a massive part of Active East. 40,000 volunteer hours have been given by the Active Champions aged 12-24 in the East End of Glasgow to provide local young people with fun, safe, encouraging and happy places to take part in sport, physical activity and youth clubs.
Active East has 4 strands where young people are able to volunteer – Chance:2:Be, Active Champions, Ready Steady Leaders and Mini Mentors. Each of these strands has their own role when it comes to volunteering and are involved in different ways from assisting, leading to mentoring.
Volunteers on each of these strands are given the opportunity to design their own volunteer journey – this include picking training, volunteer placement, volunteer role, events they attend and the days they are able to volunteer.
For the young people we work with volunteering is crucial to them and can become a massive part of their life. Volunteering is a place where they develop their skills, meet new people, grow in confidence, receive training, and learn what they would like to do in the future as well as having a huge impact on the lives of so many other people. One Ready Steady Leader has said “I love any aspect of volunteering. Working with Older or Younger people it’s just so fun,” and that “I get to volunteer at large events but also get to help out my community.”
The commitment the young volunteers we work with have for helping in their community and getting involved with every opportunity they can is amazing to see. With the European Championships being in Glasgow this month the Active Champions gave 500 hours the assisting and leading activity at Go Live at the Green, attending events and supporting the games.