Making their own luck
Ian is a WEA volunteer with the Lloyds Banking Group. He lives in Edinburgh and volunteers in Kilmarnock. By helping others find the right route, he now appreciates his own journey through life.
I’m very lucky. I had a settled upbringing and a good education. My career’s going well. It’s easy to take for granted how lucky you are to be working full time.
Volunteering with the WEA brought this into focus. You meet people who are really keen to have just a little bit of what you’ve got. They’re all warm, intelligent people. They’ve got the ability. But they’ve just not had the luck and they lack a bit of confidence as a result.
What strikes you immediately is how positive the tutors and the students all are about getting back into work. That’s crucial. When you think about how little opportunity many of these people have had to learn, it’s really important the tutor doesn’t make it a frightening experience for them. It’s the local communities where the benefit of the WEA is felt the most. The guys want jobs to help their families. For me personally, it was great to help them back into employment. I certainly felt that the students walked away having benefited from my workplace experience… and that’s an amazing feeling.
It’s easy to take for granted how lucky you are to be working full time.