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Josh's thoughts on volunteering

Digital volunteer Josh believes Shelter Scotland's work is vital to supporting those who're struggling in unaffordable or unsuitable homes.

Josh was a Digital Volunteer in Shelter Scotland's Glasgow Hub for 6 months, visiting the office once a week. He helped to manage and update the Shelter Scotland website, as well as a variety of other administrative tasks.

Josh became aware of our work through his mum, who works for Shelter Scotland. Since joining the team in the Glasgow Hub, Josh developed his communication and technical skills, gained more vital work experience, and has as a greater understanding of the realities of the housing emergency.

I’ve learned a lot and it has been interesting. It was a good environment to volunteer in and I was made to feel very welcome.

While he does not have any lived experience of homelessness or housing issues himself, Josh appreciates the importance of Shelter Scotland's work supporting those who are struggling. The number of people living in temporary accommodation and the huge demand for housing were a surprise to him when he started volunteering.

As well as learning more about housing problems, gaining experience working in a team has been beneficial to Josh in his time as a volunteer.

It has developed my skills working with other people as a team. As a quiet person, it has helped quite a lot.

Josh would recommend volunteering as a way of gaining skills and experience, whilst also helping to tackle the housing emergency.

I feel like I’m making an impact. In a small way as I’m only one person, but it’s an impact.

Volunteers are vital to Shelter Scotland. From helping power our shops, supporting community events, and providing support to those experiencing the housing emergency, we'd be unable to achieve our mission without our volunteers.

Find out more about volunteering with Shelter Scotland