Marsh Volunteer Award with the Association for Science and Discovery Centres (ASDC)

This Award recognises one volunteer from the organisations across the ASDC Network who has made an outstanding contribution to the Science and Discovery Centre where they are based. 

The Award provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the role and impact of science centres in their communities and will allow ASDC to map out and benchmark the current volunteering programmes across the sector and enable them to explore how to develop and support these programmes as well as share best practice.  

Stuart Phillips – Glasgow Science Centre  2022

Stuart is an 18-year-old volunteer with the Earth Allies programme, a climate activism course which he signed up to due to an interest in marine life and climate change. Once the course came to an end Stuart, who is autistic, elected to stay on as a volunteer at the Centre where he has been volunteering every weekend since. Volunteering has been a personal development opportunity for Stuart and he has grown in confidence, going from shadowing staff to interacting with visitors independently. He has completed over 1000 diversity surveys with a range of visitors which is helping the Centre to become more inclusive and accessible. Stuart is always on hand to answer visitor queries and he is more than willing to share his knowledge and experience with those he interacts with. Having a volunteer with autism has contributed to a greater awareness of hidden disabilities amongst staff at the Centre, and Stuart will continue to volunteer at the Centre.