Having never been a volunteer before, it was something that I gave a lot of thought to and put a lot of research into finding which charity would make the best use of my time, and who would need my help the most. I also had just started up my own Graphic Design business, Ruby Red Designs, and I really felt that being a volunteer would help me to grow my business in ways that might not be as obvious as you would think.
As like many of you, I had never heard of East Kilbride Community Trust before, and this immediately caught my interest. How could I help them become more well known and could they benefit from my marketing and graphic design experience?
I contacted Monique and we had a lovely chat, mostly talking about people that we mutually knew! and it was clear that we are going to work very well together, and more importantly the charity needed my help.
I have now been volunteering every Wednesday for the past 2 months, and I absolutely love it. Together we have created a new brand style for EKCT, designed a newsletter, letterhead, continuation sheet, About us leaflet and Donation thank you certificate and are in the process of working on new marketing materials, that you will soon see in and around East Kilbride.
Volunteering may not be for everyone, and not everyone will have the time, but if you do, then I would encourage you to get in touch. I have met so many interesting people and made some really great connections in the past couple of months.
It is also very worthwhile to know that my contributions however big or small are making a difference and helping the charity.