A Busy Week of Volunteering

A couple of weeks ago, I had an enjoyable and busy week. I was helping at Dyslexia Scotland. This included helping set things up for Dyslexia Awareness Week and the Education Conference in Glasgow. I became an origami expert in folding the boxes for our ribbons. Helping with all the laminating, posting and of courseContinue reading “A Busy Week of Volunteering”

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Dyslexia and mental health

Our 9-year-old daughter is dyslexic.  Dyslexia runs through both sides of our family although myself and my husband are not dyslexic.  When we started to realise that our daughter was finding reading, writing and spelling difficult at school, we panicked.  We wanted school to solve this for us straight away.  As we have learnt moreContinue reading “Dyslexia and mental health”

Beyond Words: What does it Mean?

There are many battles dyslexics face due to misconceptions about the condition. I have to confess, that before I started volunteering with Dyslexia Scotland, I was one of the probable masses of people who think that dyslexia only affects literacy. In truth, it’s so much more than that – which was what this year’s conference,Continue reading “Beyond Words: What does it Mean?”

Volunteering!! What is it good for….,

I’m not too sure what others think, but before I started volunteering with Dyslexia Scotland I didn’t really think of it as something young people did other than if they happened to have spare time, or needed it for CV purposes. Sure, it looks good on the CV, but it offers so much more thanContinue reading “Volunteering!! What is it good for….,”

Volunteering is Life Changing

I first started volunteering as a student and I found it so enjoyable and fulfilling that it influenced a career change a few years later. The volunteering involved taking children from deprived areas of Edinburgh away for weekends and evenings with Children’s Holiday Venture, as well as doing fundraising for the charity to support theirContinue reading “Volunteering is Life Changing”

Why Volunteer?

‘Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain love for one another.’ Erma Bombeck This week is Volunteers’ Week – an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK. This year, Volunteers’ Week focuses onContinue reading “Why Volunteer?”

Practise What You Preach

I have always been passionate about volunteering which probably stems from my dad, even though I don’t like to admit it. My dad is a man of many skills and interests, and volunteering for a good cause is certainly at the heart of his priorities. These have been passed onto me. I first started volunteeringContinue reading “Practise What You Preach”