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Volunteers' Week 2018: Sarah and Quinn's Stories

It's Volunteers' Week 2018! We've been speaking to members of our team who got their start at Impact Arts as volunteers, and have gone on to secure employment with the organisation.

As well as being a great way to make a difference in the community through using your creativity, volunteering with us often offers a chance to get to know the organisation and how your skills can be put to best use on our programmes.

Former Craft Cafe Edinburgh volunteer, now paid Creative Assistant

Working with Impact Arts at Craft Café in Edinburgh as a volunteer was an incredibly enriching and creative experience, and one through which I discovered my career in Community Arts.

During my time as a volunteer, I was both supported in my learning and encouraged to contribute creatively. I felt that my input was valued and that my development was actively facilitated. While I had no experience working with older people upon starting my placement, directly assisting the lead tutor meant that I progressed quickly and grew my skills through observation and working closely with participants and the team.

I would always encourage those looking to gain experience or explore career options to try volunteering because there are so many interesting opportunities through which one can learn, share and grow.

Former CashBack to the Future volunteer, now paid Creative and Communications Assistant

Volunteering with Impact Arts is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I was unemployed and desperate to find something to do with my day beyond reading job rejection emails.

I was lucky enough to get in on the floor with CashBack to the Future, a young persons' summer project – this allowed me to develop my skillset in an energetic, challenging and fun environment, while also learning from Impact Arts first-rate tutors. Volunteering helped shape my career and gave me the foundations to finding employment.

Impact Arts as an organisation looks to enable and empower their volunteers. They are interested in you as an individual and will go above and beyond to assist you in any way they can.

Interested in volunteering with Impact Arts? Find our what we're recruiting for currently here on the website.

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