I spotted the ELREC volunteering opportunities on the Volunteer Edinburgh website and was attracted by the opportunity 

to get some experience doing research and although I have only been volunteering at ELREC for some months, it has been much more than I could have expected. I am currently involved with the Communities for Conservation project, doing work on video podcasts and assisting with the organisation of the Multicultural Eco Event. I am also getting involved with the budding Routes to Roots project, exploring heritage and multiculturalism. The focuses of the projects are wide ranging and there is a lot of flexibility and variety in the volunteering roles so it is easy to find something to fit your interests or gain experience in a new area. Aside from the skills I have gained from my participation in the projects, I have also taken part in several training sessions, learning about topics ranging from restorative justice to social media, which will prove useful in my role at ELREC and beyond. If you have the time to give volunteering at ELREC, it is certainly a role you can get a lot back from.