I first got involved with The Sound Lab via a Gumtree ad I found about two weeks after moving to Glasgow from “Down South”.

From the first meeting it seemed a no-brainer; spending time with fellow music lovers whilst contributing positively to the community in some small way. But it quickly became much more than that – the more I did with Sound Lab, the more I got to understand how important grassroots organisations such as these are.

The ethos of our charity champions fun and a quality musical education without barriers – be they social, economical, linguistic or otherwise. Music is something that can and should be cherished universally.

Volunteering as a Youth Worker has allowed me to spend time with people I may not have otherwise come into contact with, and also helps me to develop. Becoming a Trustee in late 2017 introduced another level of understanding within the third sector; and I feel increasingly confident in my organisational skills as I am now overseeing an after-school workshop program in Bridgeton. But the hands-on experience of watching people learn and achieve musically is what keeps me coming back for more, week on week.

I would encourage anyone who is considering taking up volunteering to do so- whether it’s because of an existing passion or just having plenty of spare time – being involved in communities in this capacity has been a genuine privilege, and there’s a lot to be discovered along the way.