Volunteering is For Life Not Just For Winter in Lifestyle

Winter can be a lonely and depressing time of year for lots of people but by volunteering you can help change that and make a real difference to people’s lives. It can also work wonders for your job prospects.

It’s great if you want to get involved during the winter season but remember that you can volunteer at any time of year. Why not check out some of these great volunteering opportunities that Young Scot has to offer? You can even get lots of Rewards points if you take part!

Volunteering and your career

Career experts, My World of Work, explain that volunteering in the local community is not only rewarding because you’re giving something back but you’ll also gain a lot of skills and experience that you can shout about in CVs and interviews! For more information on where volunteering can take you, check out their site. 

Gary Kernahan is one person who went from volunteer to career; turning his passion for helping others into a job in fundraising. He’s now Head of Volunteer Fundraising at the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign.

He explains, “I’d been fundraising since the age of 12”says Gary. “It was a real passion of mine, so it seemed only natural to progress my interests into a career.”

Jennie Smith, volunteer manager for homeless charity Crisis says “The nice thing about volunteering is that there are lots of one-off opportunities to help people less fortunate.”


Here are a few volunteering opportunities to consider: 

1. Helping the homeless

Try contacting your local Salvation Army or organisations like Crisis to see if they could use your assistance.

2. Gift Wrapping 

If you’re friendly and approachable and can wrap prezzies fairly neatly or can at the very least able to stick on a bow then visit Volunteer Scotland to find out what’s near you!

3. Helping out at Festive Events 

If you are sociable and have good organisational skills then helping out with festive events could really be rewarding!

4. Carol singing

Sing those festive blues away and take part in a carol concert like the one being organised with Cerebal Palsy charity Blobath.

5. Fundraising

Believe that fundraising helps raise money for worthwhile causes? You are not alone! Lots of people get involved with fundraising.