Paul Muir - Big Hearts HR Volunteer

7 June 2018

Paul Muir volunteered remotely from home with Big Hearts for 18 months to help develop HR policies for staff and volunteers.

Big Hearts Vol Story

What inspired to you volunteer?

I went to school at Tynecastle High, in the shadow of the the stadium and first starting going to Hearts games about 35 years ago. My sons and I are season ticket holders. I was impressed when the club announced the launch of their associated charity, tapping into the community goodwill and care within the fan base. I work in HR and was delighted when I read the tweet, asking for volunteers to help develop their people policies. Having gotten to know the team, it's a pleasure to have supported them and been involved.

What's your role and what do you enjoy about it?

It has allowed me to bring subject matter expertise, behind the scenes and away from the volunteering front line. However the value add is how a suite of polices underpin the terms and conditions and help define the culture of an organisation.

Have you learned any skills or anything about yourself while volunteering?

Although I work in HR, policy development is not my day job. It's given me the opportunity to bring a base skillset and develop additional skills of my own.

How do you fit in volunteering with your day to day life?

I am very fortuntate that my employer provides 3 days' vollunteering time to all employees.

What would you say to other people who are considering volunteering?

Definitely give it go. Don't underestimate the benefit you bring to others - there's extraordinary in What you might consider ordinary.