Guest Blog: Edinburgh Rotaract

Edinburgh Rotaract group have  given up their time on a number of occassions to support our work. Today, as part of our #VolunteersWeek posts, Alexandra Bannach-Brown has written a guest post explaining the different ways Edinburgh Rotaract have supported Capability Scotland and why they find it so rewarding!

The Rotatact Club of Edinburgh has had the pleasure of volunteering for Capability Scotland on a number of occasions and we enjoy it immensely every time. We find each experience so rewarding, and you can clearly see that the time you volunteer really makes a difference to the people involved and to the charity. At the Edinburgh Kiltwalk, Capability Scotland had a pitstop stand at the 8.4-mile mark in Victoria Park. Rotaract came along for the day to help cheer the walkers on and distribute supplies in the form of water, juice, fruit and chocolate. Despite the rain and wind, we had high spirits and cheered and encouraged the dedicated walkers on with music, ‘woo-hoo-ing’, and dancing.  Seeing the faces of the drenched walkers light up when they saw the water and the chocolate, or fruit for the hardcore healthy walkers, was so rewarding. It made also being cold and soaked through totally worth it.  The smiles, appreciation and grateful tired glances we received from the amazing walkers made us know that they sincerely valued us being there. There was such a positive energy surrounding the whole event, it was excellent to be a part of it and great fun too, we walked away with big smiles on our faces. We also volunteered for Capability Scotland and Paradventures in the Peak-to-Peak challenge in September 2014. Some of the Rotaract members were part of a team of ten people that were ‘human huskies’ for a wheelchair user in the trek around the Pentland Hills, through Central Edinburgh and to the top of Arthur’s Seat. While other members helped marshal the route, cheering people on and directing people towards the finish line. The most rewarding part of the whole day was the comment from Jamie, the wheelchair user that we helped, “such an amazing and wonderful feeling, one of the best days of my life”. To know that volunteering a day of our time means so much to the people you are volunteering for and with, and that we really made a difference is such a fulfilling experience. Not only did we get to help someone, but we had beautiful views of the city as well! A fantastically memorable day for everyone involved. We love to volunteer for Capability Scotland because it is so rewarding no matter what the task, you can really see the difference that it makes to the people involved. Capability Scotland are so incredibly organised with planning, assigning tasks, meeting times, etc., that it makes helping out on the day a complete pleasure.

If you’re interested in volunteering at one of our events, please contact Julie Spence who would love to hear from you.