While each Inspiring Scotland venture is supported by a dedicated Performance Advisor, enhanced support is provided by a growing pool, now 150, of individuals and organisations volunteering their time and skills with Inspiring Scotland.
We recently caught up with Philip Myerscough, Managing Director at B L Developments, to find out about his experience of being a pro bono supporter.
Why get involved?
When I heard about Inspiring Scotland’s unique approach, which enabled a collaborative place for the private sector and not for profit sector to work together, I quickly volunteered my services. Having run my own property business for 11 years, I was delighted to be able to offer my skills and expertise to a brilliant organisation to do even more great work.
What sort of support was provided?
I supported RUTS to instruct architects, tender contracts and negotiate fees. I know about the tricks that builders get up to; how to program works; how to control the process, all things which can easily set a project back and cause increased costs. I have been able to help them to focus in on what they need to do to achieve the desired outcomes; how to get the most out of every pound being spent.
What has the whole experience been like?
Working with 14:19 Fund venture RUTS has been enormously satisfying; uplifting even. I have been able to empower them to do something that otherwise would have been difficult and stressful for them. And, I have in a small way, been able to contribute to the amazing work they do with the children of Scotland.
Click here to watch a short film of RUTS describing what the first three years of support from Inspiring Scotland have been like.