Volunteers' Week LogoThe people who willingly give their time to help others are a big part of what we do here at The Spark. Without them we wouldn’t be able to provide the level of support we aim for.

So in honour of this being Volunteers’ Week we thought it would be the ideal time to share the experiences of a couple of our current volunteers.

Paula – Counselling Volunteer

“I have been volunteering as a relationship counsellor for The Spark for a number of years.  It was through the Spark that I completed my training and a Diploma in relationship counselling. The course, which lasted two years, combined theory and practice effectively and was very enjoyable although soul searching at times.

I now volunteer in Paisley and Port Glasgow and work with mainly couples but sometimes individuals of different ages and in various stages of their relationship. It can be very difficult for people to come to counselling and open up to a complete stranger but by building up a good rapport with clients, they do share their stories through tears and laughter.  It is very rewarding to watch as these relationships gradually begin to heal.

Since starting the counselling course I have learned a lot about myself and it has changed the way I am in my own relationships with family and friends, for the better.”

Kelly – Helpline Volunteer

“I volunteer as a Helpline Call Taker on The Spark’s Relationship Helpline; this is a free service which offers immediate support to anyone experiencing relationship difficulties. I choose to volunteer in this role as it allows me to utilise my existing skills whilst enabling me to develop new skills and valuable experience. I feel that the helpline provides an invaluable support to those who are in crisis and a much needed listening ear in times of difficulty. Working as a call handler has helped me to understand the impact that relationship difficulties can have on someone which has informed my practice out with the helpline.”

We would like to thank all of our volunteers for their dedication and enthusiasm. Your skills are what give us our spark. Thank you.

So, what are your experiences of being a volunteer? Did you get as much from it as Paula and Kelly? Tweet @SparkScotland to share your thoughts.

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