As most of you know the first week in June is Volunteers’ Week, 01 - 07 June. Since Autumn 2018 HDS has had a number of volunteers helping out with various projects. Brendan O’Brien started volunteering with Human Development Scotland (HDS) in January 2019 and currently volunteers for 14 hours per week. We chat to him about why he decided to volunteer with us and what he’s been up to.
Why did you decide to apply to volunteer with HDS? I saw an advert for a librarian/administration position on Volunteer Glasgow. I had looked in other places to see if I could bump up my administration skills and, given that I used to work in a public library and that I had previously completed a counselling skills course elsewhere, volunteering at HDS seemed like the perfect fit.
Tell us a little bit about what you’ve been doing? My main role is to help organise the library which has been in need of some TLC. I catalogue the books, and the various depositors, on the computer systems so that HDS knows what book resources it has. This means the organisation can begin to function as a lending library for colleagues and students. The second phase of this operation is to stack the books on the shelves. There are a few thousand books in the collection, so it is an ambitious undertaking for one person!
What’s the best thing about volunteering? I like learning new skills and developing ones I have already. The work that HDS offers volunteers is quite varied - everything from helping to organise events to checking files to ensuring we comply with data protection regulations to cataloguing books and checking out internet library management systems. I think the best thing about volunteering for HDS is being part of the team. Jigjit, Louise, Becky and the other members of staff and counsellors are a friendly bunch of people and very welcoming!
Would you recommend volunteering to a friend or colleague and why? I would absolutely recommend volunteering at HDS to anyone looking to work in an office environment.
Thanks for all your hard work Brendan! Keep your eyes peeled on our web site and social media as we will be advertising for more volunteers very soon.