I have volunteered at ELREC for just short of a year, initially helping to develop the new ‘Routes to Roots’ project. I helped develop ideas for the project as well as aide in the completion and submission of the project proposal. Throughout this process I conducted interviews with the diverse locals of Edinburgh, while also helping on the more technical planning side of the project. Following on from this I am currently working on an informative booklet about sustainability, which will be published and distributed throughout Edinburgh. Coming from a University background, studying Human Rights, volunteering at ELREC has allowed me to develop unique skills and knowledge which complement my studies. It is very important for me to develop experience outside academia, and volunteering at ELREC gives me the opportunity to learn and work on issues which I believe are very important.