1.4 Introducing the case studies

Throughout the course there are videos and quotes from groups, organisations and volunteers, all talking about their experiences of improving volunteering practice. These reflections will help to support your own critical reflection. They are introduced below and you can read more about them in Section 6: (Ctrl + Click to open in new tab)

  • Kilmaurs Gala Committee is a small, volunteer-run community group that organises an annual community gala, and you will find quotes from the group throughout the course.
  • Polbeth and West Calder Community Garden is entirely run by volunteers in West Lothian and you will see video contributions from Lisa, the Co-convenor.
  • Gairloch and Loch Ewe Action Forum (GALE) is a multi-faceted community organisation. There are 20 members of staff, 30 regular volunteers and another 40 who volunteer at least once a year. Tania, the Volunteer Co-ordinator, and a volunteer, Rebecca, filmed their own video contributions.
  • LGBT Youth Scotland is a national charity with 50 full-time, part-time and sessional staff and over 100 volunteers. Videos feature Randi and Jordan, who are volunteers, and James the Volunteering Manager.

1.3 How you will learn

1.5 What is volunteering?