National Volunteer Week 2023

Scarlett on the right side of the picture with the descriptive title on the left side

Scarlett has been volunteering with our organisation as a designer and was drawn to volunteer at Satellite because of their lived experience, fuelled with a desire to help people who are or have been similar situations to themself. 

Why do you volunteer?

I volunteer to gain experience in a role I am interested in, that being able to help people going through struggles I also experience/d in the best way I can. For me personally, I love to create art, so I volunteer to make art and create with the intention of helping others. 

What is it about Satellite Foundation’s purpose that appeals to you personally?

Because of my lived experience, I have a desire to be able to help people who were like me. I would love for the world to be a better place for people struggling with issues I also experience/d. Satellite Foundation being a place where people with lived experience help others going through similar things, drew me to it. 

What have you done or what do you enjoy most about volunteering at Satellite?

The environment at Satellite is infectious, everyone I have met has been lovely and always up for a chat. The space itself is lovely to be and work in, making it a place I can look forward to going to at the end of my week. 

Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

Hopefully with a degree and a job I can be proud of, one that would allow me to continue volunteering and participating in the things I love. 

How has volunteer work had an impact on your life?

Volunteering is something I have done my whole life with different organisations, and something I have found I feel empty without. I love the feeling that what I am doing matters to someone, whether that be making their workload lighter or making a space feel safer with my presence or artwork. 

What would you say to someone else thinking about volunteering?

I will always recommend volunteering, the sense of accomplishment you get from it is unmatched. Being able to build skills, help others and find yourself in the process will always be something you won’t regret. Volunteering is also incredibly accessible, as something that can be done at any age, even if you’re small, your impact can be massive. As long as people need help, volunteers will forever be important.