I volunteered at Scottish Fundraising Conference … and you should too!
In 2017, I moved from Stirling University to work for Home-Start Glasgow South, a small local charity. I knew attending Scottish Fundraising Conference would be really valuable, particularly as I settled into the new job. Money was tight, so knowing volunteers could attend for free, I threw my hat in the ring.
Already a keen volunteer and an advocate for the positive impact it had on my mental health, I was delighted to be selected.
From selection until the big day, I felt totally supported. The volunteers even had a WhatsApp group to keep in touch and by the time SFC came around we all felt we knew each other.
As a volunteer, I got to sit in on lots of sessions. My favourite was by Simon Scriver, a fundraiser and Toastmasters champion who talked about public speaking and presentation. On the back of the session I have joined my local Toastmasters group which has improved my confidence and hopefully made me a better fundraiser.
The experience of the two days was a wonderful one. I made new friends, met old ones, and learnt about areas of fundraising I was unsure about. This was particularly useful in my transition to a general fundraising role.
My top reasons for applying to volunteer at Scottish Fundraising Conference 2018
You are giving something back to your fellow fundraisers: the event would not happen without the many volunteers involved.
You get to go for FREE! Although you are volunteering throughout the day, when the sessions begin, you are free to sit back and soak up the learning!
It’s a fantastic way to meet new people in the sector. The team last year was lovely!
You end up going to see sessions you otherwise might have missed.
The food is good! And the Hilton Hotel is an excellent, welcoming venue.
It’s good for your health – volunteering does that for you.
Fundraisers in Scotland are good at looking out for each other. What better way to contribute to the positivity of the sector. You get to volunteer at an event organised for fundraisers by fundraisers!
Stuart Rennie, Fundraising Manager at Home-Start Glasgow South
Having worked in fundraising for more than 10 years, Stuart believes in the power of volunteering for improving peoples' mental and physical health. He has volunteered with ChildLine and Foundation Scotland, and currently supports two local parkruns. He is also going to volunteer at the upcoming Glasgow 2018 European Championships. He can be found on twitter talking about running, music, football, and sometimes fundraising @Perrinado31