Volunteer Stories: Alix and Justin

Ever wondered what it’s like to volunteer with National Museums Scotland?

Alix and Justin chatted with us about their volunteer roles and what volunteering means to them. They both volunteer as part of the Scotland 365 project, which aims to transform how National Museums Scotland engages young people aged 16-25. Scotland 365 involves a wide range of young people through events and activities, training opportunities, research, volunteer placements, social media and more.

Q: What is your volunteer role?

I am part of the National Museum of Flight team and we have been working to produce an event targeting 16-25 year olds to encourage them to visit the site.

Q: What is your favourite part of volunteering?

I love volunteering as it gives me a chance to meet like-minded people, gain valuable new skills and feel like my voice is being heard and making a difference.

Q: How has volunteering impacted your life?

Volunteering has helped me find confidence in myself and develop my abilities to consider every option and use critical thinking and data to produce a successful event plan that will be able to connect with others and hopefully help them experience the same joy in museums that I do.

Q: What is your volunteer role?
  • Good ideas to attract young people from 16 to 25 to museums.
  • Went to Escape Rooms with young people to find clues I was in meetings with help to find more ideas.
Q: What is your favourite part of volunteering?

Best was aircraft and museum. I volunteer because I meet people different!

Q: How has volunteering impacted your life?

Help me to be better / very good/ perfect / join in / more comfortable with different things. Thank you!

Thanks to Alix and Justin for chatting with us, and for their immense contributions to National Museums Scotland!

Are you interested in volunteering with museums, galleries, archives, historic sites and other historical and cultural organisations in Scotland? Check out the Make Your Mark in Volunteering portal to see what’s available in your area.

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