David is one of our team of volunteers whose efforts have helped make a number of our waste projects a success. He is a volunteer with the Waste Wise Volunteer project, which works in four local communities in Edinburgh and the Lothians, including Craigmillar and Niddrie Marishal, Boghall, Penicuik and three Edinburgh University halls of residence. The project aims to encourage residents to reduce and recycle waste. It is funded by Zero Waste Scotland.

To find out a bit more about David and what makes him tick, we asked him a few questions.

Hi David! What do you do as a Waste Wise Volunteer?

I help raise awareness in both recycling and food waste reduction

What interested you in becoming a Waste Wise Volunteer?
Humans have a significant impact on the natural world. I wanted to help raise awareness on how we can reduce our impact so that future generations have the opportunity to live in the world we do today.

What do you like about volunteering with Changeworks?
It provides an excellent and valuable training opportunity. The training I have been provided with not only helps me when volunteering with Changeworks, but also future jobs opportunities.

How long have you been a Changeworks volunteer?
I’ve been a Waste Wise Volunteer since December 2013

Where did you first hear about the project?
I saw it on Changeworks website.

Where would you most like to go in the British Isles and why?
The Isle of Skye due to the variety of flora and fauna found there. You truly do feel like you are in the wild!

Tell us about something you really, really like
Football (playing and watching)

Which of the Changeworks organisational values (passion, integrity, innovation, collaboration and empowerment) do you most identify?
Passion because how can you expect someone to believe what you’re saying if you are not passionate about it.

What do you do in your spare time?
I enjoying hill walking, cycling and running in my spare time. I also volunteer with various wildlife groups.

What makes you smile?
When the football team I support wins (which they never do!)

Do you have a message for your fellow volunteers?
Be keen and willing! This always makes the experience more enjoyable for yourself and everyone else.

Thank you David for your help and support and for being such a passionate, ‘keen and willing’ volunteer!

If you’d like to volunteer with Changeworks, check the list of all current volunteering opportunities on our website. If you would like to know more about becoming a Waste Wise Volunteer, call 0131 555 4010 or e-mail wastewisevolunteers@changeworks.org.uk.