A university student says spending her spare time volunteering is helping her advance her career.

Eva Lane, a fourth-year student at the University of the West of Scotland, has been volunteering since high school and is a Saltire Ambassador.

She currently supports three school-age children with their reading, handwriting and maths skills as well as craft activities.

After her time at university, she plans to complete a post-graduate in teaching to become a special education teacher.

She says donating her time to others has helped her in her six-year-long journey.

Eva also earned the role of an ambassador which is part of the Saltire Awards and is given after someone has shown an 'outstanding contribution'.

Eva said: “I started volunteering because I want to work within education, and it would give me a better insight into that field.  I most enjoy the people I work with and building relationships with the children I am matched with and helping them academically.

"I often come up with different activities for them to do and I like joining in with them. “

“I’ve gained a better understanding and gained confidence working with children and see it as my future career. But more than that, it’s helped me build relationships.

"If you are thinking of volunteering but unsure, I would say go for it. You will not regret taking that leap. It has been 5 years and I still enjoy it just as much as I did when I first began."