Volunteer role: meal assistance

I’m in fifth year at North Berwick High School and I started volunteering at Leuchie House in April 2017.

After school I'd like to study medicine and I thought that volunteering at Leuchie House would give me some valuable insight into related work. I also really wanted to do something worthwhile with some of my time and I definitely feel like I am doing this at Leuchie.

I chose to look into volunteering at Leuchie in particular because a friend of mine was already volunteering. She recommended it to me as she really enjoys it there.

I volunteer with my friend every other Sunday in the morning for a couple of hours. When I go the guests are having breakfast so I help out the staff with any jobs that need doing. For example I make tea and coffee for the guests and clean away the dirty dishes. I also chat with the guests while they are having breakfast which they seem to really enjoy. So far it has been really relaxed which suits me well.

I really enjoy talking to the guests and hearing all about their lives.  Everyone that I have spoken to has been lovely and they have shared some really interesting stories with me. It's amazing to hear what some of the guests have lived through. I've heard about being evacuated to Dirleton from Edinburgh during World War 2 and what the outdoor swimming pool in North Berwick was like in the 1940s!

As I get some more experience, I’m looking forward to being a bit more involved in the care of guests in the future, as well as getting to know many more people.

Each time I volunteer I feel like I have achieved something positive which is a great feeling to have. It's really nice to know you've done something that will benefit other people.

Volunteering at Leuchie has made me more open to talking to new people which I am very pleased about.  It has also allowed me to have some experience working in a caring environment. This experience will hopefully improve my chances of being accepted into medicine at university.

If you're looking to do something enjoyable yet worthwhile with some of your time, then I would say to go for it. Before I started I was a little nervous as I was doing something outside of my comfort zone but after arriving at Leuchie those nerves soon vanished. I was introduced to the staff and guests who were very friendly and welcoming. This has made me really enjoy my time volunteering at Leuchie House.

If you're interested in becoming a Leuchie volunteer we'd love to hear from you! Click here to find out more about volunteering opportunities at Leuchie, how you'll benefit and the difference you'll make.