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Where do you volunteer?
What does your volunteering involve?
My volunteering involves working on programmes such as NCS and TBUC to support young people in developing themselves into more well-rounded young people in terms of their social skills and emotional development. As a participant on the NCS programme 2016, I am aware of the support, guidance and advice you want your volunteer to give when planning your social action project, thus I know how to affectively communicate with the young people I volunteer with to enhance their time on the programme.
What do you enjoy most about volunteering?
The thing I enjoyed most about my volunteering experience was discovering that my passion was for working with young people. I am now in my first year of study at Ulster University. I am studying Community Youth work which I have been loving so far. If I hadn’t have got involved in my community and invested my spare time into volunteering, I wouldn’t have improved my confidence, leadership and social skills which have all aided me to getting a place on the course I wanted to do at Ulster, thus volunteering has had a hugely positive impact on my life.
Why would you encourage others to become a Millennium Volunteer?
My volunteering has enabled me to become a confident, caring and compassionate young person who wants to help and support other young people. My volunteering journey has seen me on Sky News talking about Brexit and I have met and had a discussion with Prince Harry about the importance of good Mental Health. But more importantly, my volunteering has enabled me to build character and self-awareness. It has made me realise how much of a role model I can be to others and who I want to become. I would encourage other young people to become millennium volunteers as the opportunities are endless and the rewards go so much deeper than just getting a certificate; you get the chance to better your community, peers and yourself.