Donating your time is a great way to help other women
Without our dedicated team of volunteers we would not be able to deliver all the services that meet the women's needs.
Gain valuable experience
Develop your skills and gain SQA volunteering skills award
Build your confidence and make new friends
Meet the volunteers
Agnes Neish began attending the centre three years ago during one of our Dundee Women’s Festival cooking classes. Since then Agnes has been attending our weekly cooking class as a participant but offers so much support within the class to the staff and service users. Agnes has been at nearly all our events helping in the kitchen preparing food and as mentioned above even addressing the haggis at our Burns Lunch events! We want to take this opportunity to recognise the hard work and enthusiasm that Agnes brings to the centre. Agnes is a great burst of energy in the centre and we want to say thank you for all your hard work and long may it continue!
Sahrish Rizwan has been volunteering since September 2011, helping in our UK citizenship class every Thursday afternoon. The class is provided as a study support from women who are preparing Life in the UK test, which supports applications for British Citizenship. Sahrish joined the class originally as a student back in 2010 and went on to pass the exam and has been successful in gaining her citizenship. After passing her exam DIWC thought it would be ideal to have Sahrish within the class supporting women who are preparing for their exam. Sahrish is kind, reliable and very enthusiastic about volunteering with DIWC and the class would not be the same without her. We want to thank Sahrish for all her hard work and the time she gives to the class and students.
I have been involved with volunteering for many years now with various groups; Lochee Primary Scool, Menzieshill High School, Dundee Gymnastics Club 2K, Dance Advance and I am still involved with Madsons Basketball Club and Dance 2k along with Dundee International Women’s Centre,
My story started 4 years ago when I began attending DIWC’s cooking class as a learner. I started the class as a way to cheer myself up and to do something a wee bit different. I was experiencing health issues and was feeling really sorry for myself as my children were growing up fast and didn’t need me as much as when they were younger. After about 1 year of attending the class I was asked if I would like to become a volunteer in the Basic Arts & Crafts class as I was a very crafty person with many art skills. I jumped at this opportunity and this started my volunteering journey at DIWC by supporting the learners to take part in art activities in the class. I enjoyed this very much as the group was very welcoming and friendly. I was still attending my favourite cooking class as well as volunteering. I found that in the cooking class I was acting mentor to new learners who began attending the class, I would take my time to chat with them and encourage them to participate in every session. The teacher noticed this and offered me a volunteer role in the class where I would be able to assist her in the class by supporting all the new learners. I was very pleased at this and it has helped to increase my confidence and self-esteem.
The follow academic year I changed my volunteer role in the Basic Arts & Crafts Class from supporting the teacher to becoming the class tutor where I planned and delivered the art sessions to the learners, I loved this role even more as it was using all my art skills and knowledge. I enjoy watching the learners creating art projects and the pride that they feel once they have finished their project.
As the Basic Arts & Crafts Class was a success I was asked if I could run a few blocks of crafts recycling sessions. I loved the idea of this and began volunteering another morning each week in DIWC delivering Make Do & Mend sessions –this was a great way for women to learn how to recycle old materials that they had at home. The class was a hit with learners and it now has a permanent place on DIWC’s timetable.
I have recently helped the volunteer coordinator to create DIWC’s fundraising group, with myself and a few volunteers meeting on a regular basis to plan new ways to raise funds to provide opportunities for women to participate in DIWC classes & events. As part of this group I helped to establish the coffee shop as a way to raised money, I bake cakes and sell refreshments several times a week along with other volunteers.
I feel that DIWC is an amazing place, which is very uplifting and inspirational to all women who attend. It is a great pleasure to be part of.