Volunteers Week 2021: Jess Interview

Why did you choose to volunteer with dates-n-mates Scotland?

I chose to volunteer with Dates n Mates as it is a great charity and I wanted to spend some of my spare time making an effort to help others whilst still having fun myself.

Have you enjoyed it? If so what’s been your favourite part?

I have enjoyed volunteering with DnM so much! There have been loads of fun events such as the day out at the Irn Bru Carnival, pub nights, online discos and cinema nights. My favourite part is seeing the members interacting and enjoying themselves – there’s a real sense of community within DnM and it is so nice to see.

Any challenges you’ve had to overcome?

I currently work full-time and before DnM I thought I was ‘too busy’ to volunteer or at times when volunteering I’ve thought ‘I’d rather just stay in’ – it can be hard to motivate myself however it is always worth it as I feel great after volunteering at events knowing I used my spare time to support a charitable cause rather than spending my time watching more Netflix.

How has it benefited you?

We spend a lot of time looking at our own lives and how they can improve but there are people out there with many more obstacles in their lives that they have to overcome. In giving time to helping others it has made me realise this and it turn made me a much more patience and considerate person.

What would you say to encourage others to volunteer?

I cannot recommend it enough. The DnM team and the members are so supportive – It’s added a whole new dynamic to my life and given me something I can really be proud of.

dates-n-mates Volunteer, Jess