VSO UK heads to Edinburgh to reveal how volunteering can change lives

VSO UK heads to Edinburgh to reveal how volunteering can change lives

(LONDON) – LEADING international development charity Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) UK will be hosting a Meet VSO event in Edinburgh on Saturday 4 October, providing locals with an opportunity to learn more about the organisation and how they can apply to take part in a life-changing placement abroad.

The event in Edinburgh will feature talks by volunteers, including Rachel Campbell, who worked on an education project in Ghana and Rhona Hogg, a nurse who worked on a health programme in Uganda.

VSO UK volunteer, Rhona Hogg, says:

“My year in Uganda was life-changing and I learned as much as I contributed. It took nursing, holistic care and compassion to a whole new level.

“I am still in touch with everyone at VSO’s partner organisation Reach Out and I was delighted that two Ugandan nurses were able to come to Edinburgh for an international community nursing conference and a study tour, which was organised by NHS Lothian nurses.

“VSO provides a unique opportunity to live and work in a developing country and offers excellent support at every stage, from the application to settling back home on return. I would thoroughly recommend it.

VSO’s local supporter group, which consists of returned volunteers, will also be on hand to cover the practicalities involved in volunteering and to share the skills and experience that the organisation is looking for.

David Son, Volunteer Recruitment Marketing Manager for VSO UK, says:

“Our volunteers work in whatever fields necessary to fight the forces that keep people in poverty – from education and health through to helping people learn the skills to make a living. In doing so, they invest in local people, so the impact they make endures long after their placement ends.

VSO UK is different from most charities and development organisations, as it aims to fight poverty through volunteers, bringing people together to share skills and knowledge to create lasting change.

Meet VSO will take place at The Melting Pot, 5 Rose Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PR. Doors will open from 14:00 for registration. The event starts at 14:30 and finishes at 17:30. It is free to attend, but booking is essential.

Find out more about volunteering roles with VSO.


For further information or set up an interview with David Son or one of VSO’s volunteers, please contact the press team on 020 8780 7640 or email press@vso.org.uk


Editor's notes

VSO – Voluntary Service Overseas – brings people together to fight poverty through the lasting power of volunteering. We work alongside communities worldwide to create positive change. Our programmes are in some of the world’s poorest countries, reaching millions of people through improved access to services in education, health, HIV/AIDS, disability, and governance. VSO’s vision is of a world without poverty, but we can only achieve this by working together. www.vsointernational.org