Case Study

Shehryaar Hafeez

Shehryaar has stepped out of his comfort zone and volunteered for many projects within the club. He has gained confidence and is now one of our main lead coaches, having recently being recruited into a paid role as a sessional worker. He has had a key role in improving physical, mental and social health and wellbeing of young BME individuals. He is an inspiring role model for many young people at the club and has developed skills such as leadership and problem solving whilst also being a great team player and developing those around him.

“Volunteering at Active Life Club has improved my mental, physical and social health. I am enjoying being a part of different projects and activities. I have been able to gain new skills and being a lead coach has helped me to build my confidence.” – Shehryaar Hafeez

Through our Youth Forum, Shehryaar and many young people have been able to voice several ideas to help make the community a more inclusive environment for young people and for them to be heard. Our organisation supports the development of young individuals like Shehryaar by allowing them to be involved in the planning and decision-making process of many social events and activities.

For example, Shehryaar is currently involved with planning and delivering a project which involves educating the community on the various aspects of mental health. As part of a team, his aim was to raise awareness of mental health’s effects on social and physical wellbeing in a fun and engaging way.

As a result of their idea, Shehryaar’s team were recently awarded a grant by Youth Scotland’s Inspire 2022 project which will see them deliver a local community event in early 2023.

Shehryaar was also shortlisted as a finalist for Young Volunteer of the Year at the Glasgow Sport Awards 2022.