Sophie is an award winning volunteer!
Sophie Kaszuba volunteers with ENABLE Scotland and received a Prestigious Saltire Award.
The Saltire Awards is a national programme for young people between 12 and 25 and is designed to recognise the achievements of young people when they take part in volunteering.
The various stages include;
- The Challenge – A one off volunteering event
- The Approach – Completion of 10 and then 20 hours of volunteering
- The Ascent – Young people are recognised on 50, 100, 200 hours
- The Summit – This award is for an outstanding contribution to volunteering and you can only be nominated for it.
Sophie Joined ENABLE Scotland and the Speak for Yourself Project as a peer supporter in April 2010. Since then Sophie has been involved with many ENABLE Scotland events and activities, supporting her peers and sharing her fun outlook on life! More recently Sophie became an Ambassador and Peer Supporter for the Inspire Me Project in East Lothian.
Throughout here time with ENABLE Scotland Sophie has been a dedicated volunteer and a real help to the people she has supported. During her time with the S4Y group Sophie helped a young person with learning difficulties join her branch of Sea Cadets. Sophie introduced Alina to all of her friends and made sure she felt part of things, encouraging her to try out new things.
At Sea Cadets the addition of a young person with additional needs really changed the dynamics of the crew, people were very caring and supportive and were worried if Alina did not turn up. This positive relationship with her new friends was a super confidence boost to Alina.
The S4Y group from East Lothian put together the stupendous S4Y rap and Sophie took to the stage with East Dumbartonshire Dance Crew to rap it at a Young Persons Conference, Sophie is certainly bold, energetic and very talented!
Lately Sophie helped out on a day with the green team supporting young people who were clearing paths. Folks just love having her around – she is so cheerful, it rained solidly that day and she never moaned – just got on with it, her positive can do attitude is infectious and lots of young people who were flagging on the day were inspired by her outlook.
Sophie treats what she does as a great adventure, a bold, fun and dedicated volunteer and that’s why I had absolutely no hesitation in recommending her for the Saltire Award!
When the Saltire Ambassadors looked over the nomination they felt Sophie’s contribution at her age was “…outstanding and that she exceeded expectations”.