- Tell us a little bit about yourself
I was originally born in Ashford in London, but my mum bought me back to Scotland when I was just a baby. I now live with my mum in Tillicoultry in Scotland. Childhood was really hard for me as I have dyspraxia and dyslexia. As a young child I couldn’t talk and I couldn’t balance very well. But I was determined to be normal. I didn’t have many friends growing up but one day one of my friends invited me to church where I felt at home almost right away. My youth worker also knew how to work with me and support me from a very young age.
- Tell us about your Volunteer Role
I’ve been volunteering with the CommUnity Bubble project for the last 6 months carrying out admin tasks and helping to run events in different communities. I’ve also set up a community group in my neighbourhood of Chapelle Crescent to bring people together and to tackle some of the local issues affecting the area, something I’m really proud of.
- Why did you originally decide to get involved?
I’ve always had a real love of working with people and I’m always happy to help and support community activities. About 7 years ago I completed a HNC in Working with Communities at my local college which provided me with the theory behind community engagement. The CommUnity Bubble project provided me with an opportunity to put this theory into practice and to be involved in the type of work that I really enjoy.
- What impact did volunteering have on you?
My volunteering has allowed me to improve my communication skills and has provided me with the opportunity to engage with different community groups.
- What was your most memorable moment (to date)?
My most memorable moment to date is building camp fires at an activity centre and seeing the children have fun and sing songs around the camp fire.
- Anything else you would like to share with us?
Cameron’s mum (Marie Robertson) has also become involved in the community group that Cameron has set up in Chapelle Crescent, demonstrating how volunteering can become a family activity. Marie has provided a short story reflecting on her volunteer experience:
“I became involved as a volunteer once my son explained about a meeting he had attended called a CommUnity Bubble which was looking to improve our community connections within Chapelle Crescent of Tillicoultry.
I really liked the idea of reconnecting with my neighbours as there used to be a committee many years ago. More and more we are hearing about how damaging isolation and loneliness is and can affect all aspects of health, so I was keen to try volunteering.
Since the initial meeting, a neighbour has approached me to praise the efforts of my son to start something again and they invited me for coffee, which I will do. Also, there have been a lot of waves and greetings from others which feels good. The CommUnity Bubble in action!!
Everyone benefits from volunteering and it is a positive way to contribute and gain for all concerned”.