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 of our events volunteers and members of Renfrewshire’s Youth Events Panel – and the amazing work they have been doing at local events, projects and more.
Meet Madeline Klimczak, who is a student at the University of the West of Scotland and has been volunteering with Renfrewshire Council’s events team.
“My name is Madeline and I have been volunteering with the Renfrewshire Council events teams since Halloween Parade 2018. I have first heard about an opportunity to volunteer with the council thanks to one of my lecturers at the University of the West of Scotland. Back then I had been looking for an opportunity to gain more work experience in events, so I have decided to apply.
Since then I have taken on various responsibilities at different events. I have been a part of the Youth Panel, did stage management at the Paisley Food and Drink Festival, and shadowed event managers at the Paisley Christmas Lights Switch On and the Scottish Alternative Music Awards.
Although my first reason for volunteering was work experience, there is so much more that I have got from it. I have joined the events team during one of the hardest periods of my life and taking part in all those events have made me feel truly connected to the community and has given me so many opportunities to meet new people. Being mentored by Val has been a massive support system for me and have made me pursue so many different opportunities.
I would recommend volunteering to anyone that is interested in it. There are opportunities in every area that you can think of. This really does not have to take a lot of your time but at the same time, it can be one of the most rewarding things you could ever do.”