A CHILDREN’S Panel practice adviser from East Renfrewshire has spoken to the Barrhead News about how rewarding a voluntary role can be - in the hope of encouraging others to get involved.

Laura Fee, from Newton Mearns, trained in learning and development but was never able to put her skills to good use.

As a busy mother of two, who worked two days a week for a financial advisor, she was unable to take on a full-time voluntary role but when a part-time position came up with Children’s Hearings Scotland, it was a perfect fit. 

Laura, 38, had first enquired about being a panel member and then realised that there were other opportunities available. 

She now juggles her current job, family life and volunteering for the organisation - but she couldn’t be happier.

She said: “I really wanted to do something with my training.It is such a rewarding role and being able to use my skills and help the community ticks all the boxes for me.”

Laura’s role involves sitting in on Children’s Panel Hearings and observing the performance of the panel members then offering advice and feedback on ways in which they can improve.

“I would really recommend looking on the organisation’s website and keeping up to date on the jobs that are on offer,” she added. 

“You just need to have the will and the passion.”

To find out about volunteering opportunities with Children’s Hearings Scotland visit: chscotland.org.uk/about-chs/vacancies