Before becoming a volunteer Ambassador with Scottish Sports Future’s (SSF) Shell Twilight Basketball session, Shannon Murray says she had never been in a position of leadership, and generally felt un-confident.
The opportunity came up to join the Ambassador Programme, as she was already a participant at Shell Twilight Basketball sessions in Dalry, and the sound of increasing her confidence and meeting new people in the same situation made it hard for Shannon to resist joining up.
Meeting other ambassadors, getting qualifications, and training have all been the best bits. Because of the ambassador programme Shannon has met people she can relate to.
Shannon says; “Volunteering at Twilight in Dalry has increased my confidence, I put that I was completing a Community Achievement Award on my college application and they didn’t even ask me about my school qualifications, they asked what I was doing for the award. So I spoke all about my volunteering, taking the lead, being able to be flexible to the needs of participants in the session.”
Shannon has just found out she has been given an unconditional offer to the course in Early Years in Childcare, and credits her experience as a volunteer Ambassador for this.
Shannon’s advice to anyone else thinking about volunteering: “Definitely do it! You’re helping people and yourself with setting goals and achieving them and this makes you stand out!”