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Posted On: 29th Oct 2015

Helping Pays Off

Fixer Sophie Kaszuba
A scene from the Fixers film
The film urges others to volunteer

Sophie Kaszuba and her team are spreading the message that helping others, by working for nothing … pays off in the end!

 

The 21-year-old from Dunbar in East Lothian, believes there is real benefit to gaining experience and building valuable skills for the future.

 

‘During my time volunteering I have been a peer supporter for young people with learning difficulties and I have also helped out with my local sea cadet unit,’ explains Sophie.

 

‘It gave me the chance to work with a range of people from different backgrounds and allowed me to gain experience and confidence.

 

‘Volunteering means young people can expand their capabilities and build on who they are as a person.

 

‘Someone can develop many skills such as communication while also gaining qualifications which can set them up when it comes to finding employment.

 

‘There are loads of opportunities out there for young people.'

 

 

 

 

With the help of Fixers, the group has created a short film showing how time in the voluntary sector produces rewards.

 

Made in the style of a video game, it shows a young woman collecting experience ‘rewards’ each time she completes a stage of volunteering. 

 

You can watch the group's Fixers film 'Level Up' at the top of this page.

 

‘The finished film is amazing,’ Sophie says.

 

‘It breaks down the idea that volunteering is boring and shows that whatever someone’s hobby might be there is something for them to enjoy.'

 

The group hope to use their film in schools, online and in volunteer centres.

 

‘We want to get across our point and just use it as much as we can,’ says Sophie.

 

‘It should inspire people to get out there and find something they can enjoy while also giving back to the community.'

 

Author: Cara Laithwaite

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