What's it like to volunteer at the IoF Scotland Conference?
Isla Campbell Lupton spoke to volunteer Grace Canham about her experiences of volunteering at the Scottish Fundraising Conference 2016.
What made you volunteer at the IoF Scotland conference?
I saw the opportunity last year and thought it was a great way to get involved and be able to attend. I have always worked for a large charity until my most recent move but still wanted to be part of the conference and volunteering allowed me to do that.
What did you get out of volunteering at the IoF Scotland conference?
I enjoyed it loads more than I have done in the past. It was easier to meet other people and to network as a volunteer. I was aware of the hard work that goes into organising the conference in the past and it felt really good to be a part of it. I really enjoyed helping the presenters who were very grateful. I was also delighted to attend all the sessions I had picked and learnt a lot from them. There was more than enough to do – we collated the feedback from the sessions too – but not so much that you couldn’t take part.
Would you recommend volunteering at the IoF Scotland conference?
Yes absolutely. It was very well organised and the most was made of the volunteers’ time. The process to apply was easy and ran very smoothly. It was great that you could make a request to be in certain sessions which adds to the value of taking part and the sessions were really good.
Grace Canham is a fundraiser at Columcille, an Edinburgh charity running creative workshops and activities for people with learning and physical disabilities. Grace has been working for Scottish charities, both local and international, for over ten years with a focus on fundraising from Trusts and Foundations.