Participant's volunteering inspires career choice

Two young people are taking time out of their busy academic schedules to volunteer at a sheltered housing complex and day centre in Linlithgow, Scotland.

West Port Resource Centre, run by Bield, has benefitted from the youthful energy of two Linlithgow Academy pupils who are working as part-time volunteers.

Seventeen-year-olds Kyle McLachlan and Ross Hunter work as befrienders at the centre, which sees them assisting in social activities for its residents.

Linlithgow Academy head boy Kyle has been a volunteer at the centre’s day care and short break service for the past year after chosing it for the Volunteering section of his Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

He said: “I thoroughly enjoy having the opportunity to form relationships with older people and would urge others thinking of volunteering to get involved.”

His experience at West Port inspired him to continue volunteering and to pursue a career in healthcare.

Ross has been a volunteer at the centre’s care home for a year-and-a-half after hoping to gain some valuable experience to prepare him in his dream to be a doctor.

West port manager Carol Robertson said: “We are delighted to have both Ross and Kyle on board and they have proven themselves as responsible and dedicated volunteers over the past year.

“They are hugely popular with our care users and the boys have developed a great rapport with everyone at West Port Resource Centre, which we hope can continue.”

Brian Logan, chief executive at Bield said: “We always welcome keen and enthusiastic volunteers like Ross and Kyle and we know that our residents and staff hugely value their assistance and dedication.”

Story courtesy of www.westlothiancourier.co.uk.

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