Why I volunteer | Amy
Volunteering at the Scouts Group based at University Hospital Crosshouse in Ayr was one of the best decisions Explorer Scout Amy has ever made. She tells us more about it.
“Every week we visit the paediatric ward in Crosshouse and chat with all the patients and their families. I like to offer colouring or jigsaws to the younger patients, and video games to the older children.
“A hospital ward can be an emotional place, especially with younger patients. A handful of times I thought I might cry, seeing the things some of these brave kids have to go through. However, I know that being in the ward is the best place for them and they are in the hands of very talented doctors and nurses. I volunteer to bring a smile to these patients’ faces and so that is what I’ll do.
"Volunteering has offered something far more exciting and rewarding to do once a week, rather than sit inside on my phone.”
“I enjoy meeting a wide variety of people from all over, and hearing their stories. I love that I can make a little girl grin ear to ear by giving her a few crayons and a picture of a unicorn. Being able to brighten just an hour for a child who is stuck in a boring hospital bed is enough to send me over the moon.
“I’ve learned to be more confident when talking to complete strangers, and I’ve learned new ways of interacting with people and children who may have difficulty in communicating. I’ve learned that you can’t always make a bad situation better, but you can try your best.
“Volunteering has certainly helped me understand some of the challenges I may face working in healthcare in the future, and has helped my communication and social skills immensely.
"Accepting the opportunity to volunteer was one of the best decisions I have ever made. It has given me experience in the ‘real world’, has provided me with something impressive to put on my CV, and has offered something far more exciting and rewarding to do once a week, rather than sit inside on my phone.”
Scouting offers lots of opportunities for young people or adults to volunteer and contribute in positive ways to our community.