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New face in at Dyslexia Scotland

 

Sue Bowen will take on the role of volunteers manager.

A Scottish health charity has appointed a new volunteers manager to oversee their work in the sector. 

Dyslexia Scotland has appointed Sue Bowen to the post, making use of her widespread experience in the voluntary sector. 

Sue has  previously worked in volunteers management in other third sector organisations and brings broader experience from 11 years in teaching. 

She replaces Helen Fleming, who left the organisation in September to return to Higher Education after eight years in post at Dyslexia Scotland. 

The organisation said this role is critical to the organisation’s strategy for a dyslexia-friendly Scotland, which recognises volunteering as essential to making a meaningful difference to the lives of people with dyslexia. 

Sue said: “Dyslexia is very close to my heart. To be part of both educating and informing the wider world of the invaluable positive attributes of being dyslexic and enabling and inspiring dyslexic children and adults to reach their potential will be a privilege.

“My role as Volunteers Manager is to develop and extend the current volunteering roles at Dyslexia Scotland, to continue to make sure all our volunteers have roles they find fulfilling and rewarding. 

“Going forward I am hoping that we can begin to recruit volunteers from the corporate world to act as initiators of change in business. 

“There are so many opportunities for people from all walks of life to volunteer their time, skills or knowledge, even if that time is very limited, and make a difference. Sometimes just the smallest of contributions can have a significant and long-lasting impact.”

As volunteers manager, Sue takes on a remit for recruitment, training, nurturing and support of volunteers for Dyslexia Scotland.  

She said her own philosophy of volunteering aligns with Dyslexia Scotland’s beliefs. 

She added: “Volunteers bring so much over and above their practical support: expertise, drive, enthusiasm, fresh ideas, and friendship. The contribution of volunteers should never be under-estimated. 

“As the old adage says - volunteers are unpaid not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.”

 

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