Hosted by Social Enterprise Scotland, the Social Enterprise Awards recognise the unique economic and social contribution made by the sector across Scotland. The awards were held at the Scottish Parliament building on Tuesday 1st November, and recognised winners across six categories.
The Volunteer Champion category recognises those hardworking volunteers who make an outstanding contribution to the social enterprise sector. The Social Enterprise Scotland Volunteer Champion is someone who goes above and beyond to make a difference, inspiring others to give their best.
Adam has all of these qualities in spades. He’s been volunteering with us consistently for over 2 years, and has given so much during this time. Adam’s hard work makes a genuine difference to our mission.
Above And Beyond
Adam is a constant source of his support to his fellow volunteers, motivating and guiding them through their daily tasks. From fellow volunteers, to the young people we support on our training schemes, Adam is always there for everyone.
Adam gives the best of himself to supporting others, and this extends beyond his hours in the depot. Adam is currently in recovery, and uses his lived experience to support other volunteers outside of work. He’ll accompany them to recovery meetings, and lend sympathy, support and genuine understanding. In doing so, he’s helping them to change their futures for the better. He also spends his spare time visiting people facing a wide number of challenges, who are unable to leave their homes. He uses these visits to offer both practical support, and some much-needed kindness and company.
Adam is also always looking for new ways to make things better around the depot. Most recently, he gave his time to transform the outside of the warehouse, creating a new garden with some unused space in our car park. Adam used his vision to create a vibrant social area, complete with decking, planters and shrubbery, in a previously grey, industrial space. Adam’s initiative has created a tiny oasis, and a cheerful scene to greet our CFMs when they arrive to collect their food supplies from us. This has also given a space to encourage our FSGWS community, creating a friendly, relaxing outdoor space, which our staff and volunteers can enjoy together while taking their breaks.
We’re so proud to get to work with Adam. He works hard daily to overcome his own barriers, including his journey with addiction, and now acts as a peer mentor to the many vulnerable young people accessing our services. He absolutely embodies the idea of peer support, and is always the first to reach out to someone in need.
Part of what makes Adam such a support to his peers is his openness about his own story, and the incredible honesty he demonstrates. Adam has experienced relapses in the past, but the drive he demonstrates in overcoming this is a genuine inspiration to everyone around him. He encourages others to learn from their mistakes, and uphold their own journey and values.
Adam applies this passion and commitment to everything he does for us. He’s such an important part of the team, and we couldn’t be prouder of his well-deserved win!