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Alex Russell - ENABLE Volunteer​

Alex Russell began volunteering with ENABLE Scotland when he and his family moved to Scotland over 20 years ago.

Alex and his wife began attending meetings run by the ENABLE branch in Castle Douglas and, unknown to Alex, it was soon decided that he should be branch treasurer. 

He was then nominated for Scottish Council, which is the group of ENABLE Scotland members who help run the organisation. It was at that time he also got involved with ENABLE Scotland nationally. 

In 2008 he became chairperson of the national organisation and although he stepped down in 2011, Alex is still very much involved with ENABLE but on a more local level. 

Alex believes volunteers are pivotal both locally and nationally to an organisation like ENABLE Scotland.

“We need more volunteers with plenty of ideas and enthusiasm. If we could establish enthusiastic branches all over the country that would do ENABLE at national level a power of good.

“It’s good to know you can pick up the phone and talk to someone who will understand what you’re going through.” 

Overall, Alex has found his time as a volunteer for ENABLE Scotland as very positive and feels he is just one of an army of people who help improve people’s quality of life by standing up for their rights.

“I just gave ENABLE Scotland a period of time in my life, like I still do locally. My time nationally was great, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I put in whatever effort people asked of me and I do the same locally. I’ll continue to give 100% as long as I’m needed.”

Find out more about volunteering with ENABLE Scotland​ here.

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