There is no end of different ways in which you can volunteer with SU Scotland. Volunteering has been at the heart of the organisation since it started, and still is. Roles such as group leaders and cooks at our holidays are perhaps well known, but what about some of the other ways that you can get involved? Read Bill's story below, then check out the Spring @SU for more ideas.

Bill McGruther

Retirement freedom! I worked as a chemistry teacher for 38 years and have also been our church secretary for over 30 years. I've always enjoyed DIY, gardening and nature and when I retired, as a relatively active individual, I wanted something positive to do with my new freedom. I've been working at Lendrick Muir, a few days most weeks, for almost five years now!

It actually began before retirement. Although uncertain about my ability, I volunteered to act as an assistant cook for Forth Valley weekends around eight years ago, and came to love the beauty and peace of the surrounding grounds at Lendrick Muir. My daughter worked at Lendrick Muir for a time and, as retirement approached, I mentioned to her that I would be willing to offer some of my time. Before my last summer holiday was over I was asked to come up to talk about how I could help. I started off working in the grounds, tidying up garden areas and then was asked to carry out some minor repairs and painting when the winter weather set in. I was offered training in archery and a health and hygiene course. The former allows me to run a few archery sessions when staffing was short while the latter mean I can help the catering team during the busy school terms. I love the variety and the way you’re trusted to get on with things. I've met lots of lovely people and made many new friends over the years and it’s great being accepted as part of the larger team.

Bill McGrouther

Bill's story was first published in @SU Spring 2013. Read the rest of the article, or find out more about volunteering.