Each day over Volunteers Week, we will be featuring a different charity or other non-profit organisation that relies on the help of volunteers. In their words, you will hear what these organistions do and the difference volunteers make to them.


Today, we hear from Volunteer Dundee’s Youth Volunteering. Read all about them below. If you would like to volunteer as a Youth Ambassador with Volunteer Dundee contact Amanda or Megan on 01382 305705 or email amandaleitch@volunteerdundee.org.uk or megancrossan@volunteerdundee.org.uk.

Tell us about your organisation/project (who do you help and in what way?)

Youth Volunteering at Volunteer Dundee encourages young people aged 12-25 years old to get involved in volunteering. The Youth Volunteering is run by our Youth Volunteering Workers who go out and do talks and workshops in the community as well as look over the running of the Saltire Awards and the Youth Volunteering Awards.

What difference do volunteers make to your organisation/project?

The Youth Ambassadors allow us to make the Youth Volunteering project Youth inclusive. It is invaluable to have young people’s opinion on advertising youth volunteering, helping organise the Youth Awards and think of exciting and creative new resources that can be used to promote the service. Without our youth ambassadors, Volunteer Dundee would not be as youth friendly as it is.

Tell us more about the volunteering roles you have.

We offer a Youth Ambassador role which is specifically aimed at young people aged 12 to 25 years old. Being a Youth Ambassador involves you coming along to monthly meetings or trips where you promote volunteering to young people in Dundee. Your duties and responsibilities include being involved in the organizing and delivery of the Youth Volunteering Awards, promoting youth friendly organizations on the Youth Ambassadors on Tour programme and overall making youth volunteering more inclusive for young people in Dundee.

Tell us why volunteering for your organisation/project would be of benefit to an individual

Through being a youth ambassador you can gain skills in teamwork, organisation and time-management which look great on job and universtiy/college applications. Furthermore, it is a great way to meet new young people and get to try new things which you may not have the opportunity to do in school (e.g. plan an event, create a promotional video etc.)

If no-one volunteered, where would you be?

If no one volunteered for the Youth Volunteering projects(s), it would probably mean we wouldn’t have as good engagement with young people in the Dundee community. The Youth Ambassadors give our Youth Volunteering Workers and invaluable youth perspective as to how to engage and work effectively with young people which without would mean we probaly would be doing a lot of guess work and it would not be as good!