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Jack Collett

​Jack Collett - ENABLE Volunteer

Jack Collett’s number came up when he offered to help out with the accounts of his local branch of ENABLE Scotland – and is still volunteering with the charity more than 40 years later. 

Jack offered his assistance in 1970 and, by the following year, he was treasurer of the Annan branch. 

“What got me fully involved with ENABLE was having friends who had children who had learning disabilities,” said Jack.

“At that time, there were few support facilities, and that’s what made me fully aware of how amazing these parents and other family members are. They were really committed to taking action to bring about change, while at the same time bringing up their family.

“They were inspiring people because of their attitude to life and the work they did. I have remained involved because there are individuals and families who need support.” 

Jack has seen how the Annan branch and ENABLE Scotland have evolved over the years. He thoroughly enjoys volunteering with the organisation, but knows how challenging it can be to persuade others to give up their time.

“In the early 1970s and ‘80s, it was easier to find volunteers and to have a regular turnover of office bearers. People today are a lot busier, and there are more organisations vying for their time.

“So much has been achieved since the 1970s that young parents today maybe don’t need to be so involved with voluntary organisations. Today’s checks and regulations can also deter prospective volunteers, which is a shame – because volunteering is such a rewarding experience.

“I’ve made so many friends and met so many genuinely inspiring people – people I look forward to seeing and want to spend time with. ENABLE Scotland is a part of my life and there is no reason not to be involved. I hope I have helped make people’s lives a bit better and helped bring about changes in society that mean that people with learning disabilities are included in and valued by their communities.”  

Find out more about volunteering with ENABLE Scotland​ here.​

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