When Jennifer Learmonth became a volunteer befriender, she wanted to work with people as an alternative to her day job in sales. She found that she gained as much as she gave from her weekly visits to her befriendee: ‘She’s had an amazing life as a professional dance teacher and is a keen bowler. I know much more about these as a result of our friendship!’
Through this experience, she realised that it was time for her career to take a new direction. She completed wheelchair training, Ecas volunteer training in first aid, and then enrolled on a health and social care degree. Sessional work with Edinburgh Young Carers helped her make ends meet while studying.
Now a member of the Ecas Board, she is helping us do more for young people. We value her experience as a volunteer and as young person. Read more about Jennifer’s contribution to Ecas.
Contact Ally to find out about opportunities and new directions at Ecas.