Volunteer Profile: Meet Angus Kirk

Over the next few days, we’ll be introducing you to some of our incredible volunteers as part of our #VolunteersWeek2021.

We’ve asked them a few questions so that you could get to know them and what it’s like to be a volunteer.

Without further ado, meet Angus.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, spending time with friends and staying active; my main hobbies are ice skating, gym and swimming. On the weekends, if I’m not busy, I love a lie-in, and relaxing watching Netflix! I absolutely love skiing as well – I can’t wait for my first post-Covid ski trip!

How did you become a volunteer with Success4All?

I was looking to do a bit of volunteering in my spare time and came across the Tutor/Befriender vacancy, and I thought it was perfect! I have been a volunteer for around 2 months, and have just completed my first 6-week tutoring block.

Why did you become a volunteer?

I became a volunteer because I am interested in teaching and education. I really enjoy the challenge of adapting each session, and often revisiting subjects that I am a bit rusty on! I love trying to make subjects fun and engaging, you get to really use your creativity!

As a volunteer at Success4All, what are your responsibilities?

My main responsibilities as a volunteer are ensuring that I am prepared for each session, on time, and being committed. It’s really important to me to really make sure I maintain my commitment to help someone with their learning, which includes being on time and being prepared. This means I spend as long as I need preparing each session.

What’s your favourite part about being a volunteer?

My favourite part of being a volunteer is learning with my tutees – it’s really rewarding, as usually, we are learning together since it’s been quite some time since I sat my exams in school! Being able to work with a tutee for 6 weeks and see their confidence and skills grow is fantastic.

Why should other people give volunteering a go?

Not only is it wonderful to see your tutee’s skills and confidence grow, but you will find that you will grow in confidence. I was a bit daunted at the thought of tutoring maths because it was my least favourite subject in school, but I’ve found that I actually can do it, which has increased my confidence in my own ability.”