Aspire aims to deliver the highest possible standards of person-centred care and support to adults, older people, young people and children and families in Scotland. In Aspire, volunteers are a major resource and make a vital contribution to our aim outlined above. We intend to encourage, develop and support volunteer involvement in our work in which volunteers are already important stakeholders. In doing so we recognise that the roles of volunteers will complement and not replace the roles of paid employees. The time, energy and skills offered by our volunteers benefits our work and help us to achieve our aims. Experience has shown that volunteering also brings benefits to volunteers themselves and to those with whom they work.
In Aspire, a volunteer is understood to be a person who does voluntary work on our behalf. It is undertaken by choice and it is unpaid. Aspire undertakes to organise it effectively.
Aspire believes that our relationship with our volunteers is one of mutual responsibility and commitment, within which Aspire and our volunteers both have rights and responsibilities. We hope that volunteers will enjoy their involvement and gain from it in terms of their own personal objectives.
Aspire has a working relationship with New College Lanarkshire and Clyde College.
Aspire has supported students to obtain a range of Social Care Qualifications and our commitment is further recognised by our high employment rate of students who undertake placements with us.
Feedback received includes:
"Aspire provided me with a beneficial insight into homelessness and the various issues that affect our supported individuals.
All of the staff were friendly and helpful towards me during my time at QMD and provided me with the opportunities to learn more about homelessness and achieve my Learning Objectives.
My Link Worker, Maxine was extremely helpful and always had time to explain things thoroughly. I couldn’t have asked for better Link Worker!" [Social Work Student - following his placement at our QMD Emergency Accommodation Service, May 2019]
“I was a volunteer in Aspire for nearly a year and I really enjoy it. I’ve built up great relationships with the staff team and the women I support. It has also been great for my personal growth in my own recovery. My life experience is my greatest asset today and I can use this experience to help other’s recover from similar life experiences. I feel supported in my role and feel very much a part of Aspire. I am so grateful for being given this opportunity in my life. I feel I have grown in confidence and belief that I really can make a difference to people who use services. I have assisted in individuals going to recovery cafes, NA meetings, short term detox and actually just talking about life in recovery with people who would never have thought it was possible for them. As you can see, it is, and I’m living proof." [Volunteer 2018]
“I got the opportunity to volunteer within Aspire. I found this quite difficult and challenging to begin with but with the help, support and guidance I received from the staff team, I overcame this. I started becoming more confident with myself. I built up great relationships with all of the staff team and was supported great. Through the various training opportunities, staff handover’s and the 1-1 support with the women, my self-esteem and confidence grew and grew.
I applied for a job and have been successful. I would never have been confident enough to do this if it wasn’t for the support, guidance and encouragement from the team at Belleisle. Since my time at Belleisle, 2 of the women I have assisted with supporting have moved on to long term treatment, 1 of whom is now abstinent and attending fellowship meetings. This for me is why I will continue to help people, it’s priceless. My life has completely transformed. I actually enjoy living it today and Belleisle House has been a massive part of my journey and I’ll be forever grateful.” [Volunteer 2018]