Introducing our new volunteers

Over the past month or so, we have been lucky to recruit more Online Researcher volunteers. They have told us a little more about themselves in the bios below. Welcome Heather, Jessica and Paula to the HOS family!

Heather Campbell

Hi, I’m Heather. I’m from Glenboig in North Lanarkshire. This summer I will graduate with a degree in Geography and Public Policy from the University of Glasgow. As well as having a keen interest in housing policy, I love to travel and see the world. My favourite place I’ve been to so far is probably Yosemite National Park, its grand landforms and waterfalls are insane!

Closer to home, I have a fond love for the Isle of Skye, having spent every Easter there as a kid, holidaying with family, building fires on Talisker Bay and bagging Munros in the Cuillin hills, has made me love the island (even enough to write 10,000 words on Airbnb and how its impacted the island for my dissertation).

I must say I am also a self-confessed eco-warrior with a passion to cut the amount of plastic and fossil fuels we use, as a society and do our bit to make our Earth a happier, healthier place to be.

I have worked as a lifeguard for the past 5 years which has supported me through uni and all my travels. However, as a soon-to-be new graduate I am looking to gain experience working in the third sector, particularly in the housing sector, so I hope this volunteering opportunity will be a great steppingstone for things to come

Jessica Sweeney

My name is Jessica and I’m originally from West Yorkshire but my family moved up to Inverness around 20 years ago. I also lived in Stirling for 4 years whilst at university and I’m now back in Inverness where I met and married my husband.

I respond to visitor feedback for a living – the compliments are lovely but, unfortunately, they are few and far between!

In my spare time, I love to travel and I like to buy books and read.  I also like to volunteer!  I’ve been a Girl Guide leader for 12 years and I’m also currently a District Commissioner.  I’m also about to start training to become an advocate for Sepsis Research UK.  I was looking for an opportunity to volunteer online and came across Housing Options Scotland.  I read about what they were offering and decided I definitely wanted to be involved and now I’m helping with the “Your Area Guides”! 

Paula Cleary

I am a recently retired educational professional with experience in qualitative research and evaluation. I’m based on the south side of Glasgow and love taking long walks locally with my husband and dog. I’m currently assisting Housing Options Scotland to research and write guides for people moving into a new local area. Having recently left work as an education consultant, I’m keen to use my skills and experience to help charities like Housing Options Scotland meet their aims and objectives. In my spare time, I love reading of all sorts, caring for my houseplants, jogging and stamp collecting – but not all at the same time!

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