CLS Volunteers celebrate their achivements in the last year

It was time for all of our volunteers to meet again and reflect on their work in 2013, share with us their ideas on how our volunteering service could improve and receive certificates celebrating their achievements.

Volunteers 2013

Volunteers met on Tuesday which allowed us to gather information on their feelings, benefits and barriers to being a volunteer. All volunteers were very positive reporting they had a sense of achievement, felt a part of a team and had a laugh when working with us. An increase in confidence, gaining new skills and overcoming shyness were some of the benefits the volunteers felt they gained.

This year, our volunteers had a chance to participate in a number of training sessions. CLS has recently become an accredited SQA training centre and we’ve been running a PDA in youth work, which many of our volunteers took part in.

University of Glasgow Activate in community development was another successful course run by CLS. This year, three youth groups took part and one of them – Arrochar’s YOUTH – won the Gold Team award at this year’s Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Community Partnership, Volunteer of the Year Awards 2013. Another one, Ten2Ten, made a trip to France as a part of their foreign exchange programme and became a fully self-governing group.

Angela Mckell from the Arrochar YOUTH and Youth Club said, “Our young people have gained valuable skills and knowledge which has allowed them to personally develop, feel valued and actively challenge social exclusion and discrimination within their community.”

Volunteering brings opportunities for further personal development and in many cases leads to employment or further education. Eight of our volunteers moved onto college or university and 12 into employment as a direct consequence of their volunteering experience.

A volunteer said, “Volunteering with CLS has allowed me to follow a real career. This is just the beginning.”

Our Training and Volunteer Development Coordinator has recently taken part in a  Joint Practice Placement Steering Group with the CL&D Standards Council and four universities to help write up a practitioners training programme for fieldwork supervisors responsible for ensuring students/volunteers gain appropriate learning experiences that fit their learning outcomes.

We also continue to provide the Activate course for our volunters (another session starting in January, if you’d like to take part, please contact us), and hope to run another PDA in youth work early next year too.

If you or somebody you know would like to become a volunteer, please get in touch with us. Our Training and Volunteer Development Coordination Janette Devlin can help you find the perfect opportunity for you. Call Janette on 0141 952 4382 or email


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