Have you been volunteering?
Here are a couple stories from some volunteers:
Monica Straughan from Beautiful Perth tells us what volunteering means to her
“I took voluntary severance from work three years ago, after a busy and rewarding career of nearly 30 years, and I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with my time. I was certain of only one thing – that doing nothing wasn’t an option because I can’t stand being bored! So when I bumped into an old friend who was involved with the Beautiful Perth charity I jumped at the chance to become a volunteer. I’m no expert when it comes to gardening, but I have always admired Perth’s ‘in Bloom’ activities which have made the City famous for its gardens and floral displays.”
“Now I had the chance to play my own active
part, to contribute to our local community, to help the local environment and to learn new skills. It has been a fantastic experience, I’ve made so many new friends and it’s kept me active in both mind and body. We work with people of all ages, from all sorts of backgrounds and we turn out in all weathers to pick litter, plant bulbs, weed flower beds or plant heathers. It is great fun and when people ask how I’m finding retirement I can only give one answer – it’s great; I don’t know how I ever had time to work!”
Alexander Jeffrey, SSE
Staff from SSE volunteered at MacRosty Park, Crieff in September and helped to maintain the Lade that runs through the park.
“Voluntary work with Perth & Kinross Council Community Greenspace has been a great experience for SSE staff as the projects have visible positive effects on the local communities we live and work within – it brings us great pride to be involved in them. Volunteering is a great day out which all staff thoroughly enjoy, we all look forward to future projects and would happily recommend volunteering with Perth & Kinross Community Greenspace to anyone who is considering voluntary work.”