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Happy Feet – Youth Volunteering Case Study – Volunteers Week 2020

Happy Feet – Youth Volunteering Case Study ?

It’s Volunteers’ Week 2020, and today we’re thanking Youth Volunteers for the amazing work that they do! Here is Russell’s story:

COVID-19 and lockdown restrictions have meant that many groups have had to cease activities, however we still want to highlight and say thank you to the wee county’s fantastic young volunteers who would normally be giving their time to help others.

Russell’s volunteering journey began while on an Activity Agreement where he participated in the Clacks Youth Volunteering Programme. Russell began volunteering with The Braveheart Association as a Walk Leader in December 2019 and has already volunteered over 60 hours! Even though this is Russell’s first volunteering role he has taken the responsibility in his stride. Russell is now on his way to gaining his Level 3 SQA Volunteering Skills Award.

Russell said: “I chose to volunteer with Braveheart as a Walk Leader because I wanted to get more exercise and help others to be more active too. I enjoy chatting to people and it’s good experience of working with a group. This will help me with jobs in the future.”

Although the Braveheart walking groups cannot meet at the moment it is still important to get regular exercise and walk when you can, as walking is good for our mental wellbeing, as well as our physical wellbeing.

Please join us during #VolunteersWeekScot to say Thank You to Russell, and all our other dedicated young people! If you are a young person aged 12-25 or know a young person who volunteers, be sure to sign up to the Saltire Awards at


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