Give a Little, Change a Lot – Article by Laura Day
Tell us about your organisation/project:
Next month marks two years since I became a volunteer usher at the Eastgate Theatre, in Peebles. The Eastgate truly offers something for everybody; whether you’re a film fanatic, avid artist or devoted dancer, there will always be an activity that you are guaranteed to enjoy while helping with the comfort and safety of the audience.
Why do you volunteer and what do you get out of it?
Despite attending classes and events at the Eastgate for many years, I didn’t realise the extent of the role of the volunteer until I began volunteering myself. I chose to volunteer because I wanted to give something back to such an excellent community organisation that has been providing Peeblesshire and beyond with enjoyment for so many years. The benefits of volunteering are universal; however, I truly believe that the Eastgate is one of the best places to offer your services – the friendly atmosphere and encouragement you receive from staff and fellow volunteers of all ages makes the Eastgate a place where I’m proud to part of the volunteer team. I’ve loved interacting with the public, many of whom enjoy engaging in conversation; and being able to experience all sorts of different performances in the auditorium has helped widen my horizons.
Would you encourage others to get involved and why?
For anybody considering volunteering, the Eastgate Theatre offers an enriching and enjoyable experience; you will join an approachable, helpful and enthusiastic community that is passionate about promoting local events and offering excellent customer-service. You’ll develop vital transferable skills such as communication and team-working, as well as building your confidence, and can use your Eastgate experience as part of your Duke of Edinburgh qualification or to strengthen your CV. Regardless of age or experience, you can apply to join the volunteer team today!
How would someone get in touch if they wanted to volunteer with your organisation?
For more information about becoming an Eastgate Theatre volunteer, please contact:
Volunteers Co-ordinator – Cath Shepheard – firstname.lastname@example.org