It’s Volunteer’s Week – celebrating the work of volunteers across the UK and the valuable contributions they make.
As part of the week’s activities, we’ll be shining a spotlight on some members of Renfrewshire’s Youth Events Panel and the amazing work they have been doing at local events, projects and more.
Meet Eoin Graham, who has been volunteering as a photographer at a number of events across Renfrewshire.
“My name is Eoin Graham and I am a current NC Photography student at West College Scotland in Paisley. I have been a volunteer photographer with Paisley.is starting from their Halloween Event in 2018.
I got in contact about volunteering to get hands-on experience at event photography and the team has been super friendly and inclusive ever since. It has been so valuable for me to learn from their professional photographers and apply this in my own photos. I also collaborated with members of the Paisley.is team to submit my photos to the press and on social media channels, seeing my photos alongside the professionals and getting similar praise is very motivating.
I was a mentor in a stop motion animation, (organised by the Create Paisley, Paisley.is & the Youth Events Panel) which dealt with mental health and isolation. I used my photographic skills to help teach and inspire the group of youth panel members. It’s great to also build connections and establish a portfolio of work to take with me into the future.
Volunteering can be a great way to meet new people and do what you enjoy most, one message I would give to anyone considering to volunteer is to just give it a wee go – there is nothing to lose and it’s great for keeping your morale high and staying motivated.”