Testimonials: Volunteering

When Ruth decided that bringing up a family and running her own catering business was not enough of a challenge, a friend told her about PCHP. What she heard impressed her and she offered to volunteer.

She was asked to volunteer at an International Cookery class. Initially she assisted the facilitator, but as time went on however she was encouraged to do more. Eventually she took on the facilitator’s role.

She also became involved with other aspects of our food work.  She helped at the Yummy Food Festival in March. Then more recently joined a trip to Craigie’s Farm, which formed part of our “Sizzling Summer Food Activities” programme.

Ruth says that she has got lots out of her involvement with PCHP and would recommend it to others. She has loved the experience and there is a great vibe about the place. She has been given a lot of encouragement, and made to feel valued.

Ruth says that it has been a good learning experience and she has learned a lot about community work. She has had the opportunity to work with people of all ages from diverse backgrounds.

As well as using her existing skills, and seeing how transferable they are, she has been able to acquire new ones. We put Ruth forward for a Diploma in Nutrition and Health in the Community which was subsidised by Community Food and Health Scotland which she passed with flying colours. She is planning to use her new found skills and confidence to take her career in a new direction. She is hoping however to stay involved with PCHP.