The benefits of volunteering

A LEADING health charity is helping people in the North-east get more from their volunteering experience.

The Scottish Huntington’s Association (SHA) is now designing its volunteering opportunities to suit the career or lifestyle paths of people giving up their time.

The SHA’s national volunteer co-ordinator, Bob Bogle. said: “The way people volunteer is changing,

“It’s no longer a case of simply collecting cash on a charity’s behalf or helping out at events on an ad hoc basis.

“ People expect to get something back from their investment in time and effort and that’s what we are striving to give them.”

HA’s ‘Wellbeing Volunteer Programme’ is designed to enhance an individual’s career prospects or other personal development goals as well as fulfilling a role the charity needs support with.

Huntington’s Disease is a progressive, degenerative brain disorder that causes abnormal physical movements and psychiatric problems.

It is hereditary with a 50% chance of the condition developing in the next generation, there is currently no cure. SHA currently provides specialised support to around 600 families living with the condition throughout Scotland and offers a range of volunteering opportunities.

For further information contact Mr Bogle on 07746283768 or bob.bogle@hdscotland.org.