Anon’s Volunteering Story

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“Volunteering is the best opportunity to do in your life”

Currently, I’m at college studying English, Maths and Public Services (I want to be in the Police force when I’m older). It’s always been a goal of mine to give back to people less fortunate than myself. Even though I have had difficulties in my life, I know that joining the Police will be a great experience for both myself and my family.

In the summer of 2015, I did 19.5 hours of volunteering at my local library helping children read 6 books in the 6 weeks of summer term. It was so rewarding to see the children’s faces light up with excitement because we were giving them stickers. The topic was Guinness World Records…I got told that sadly we won’t be in the book. I was devastated…turns out it was in the book! Mega proud moment…my family and friends was so pleased that something like that will help children and it will get printed! I’m doing it again this year which the theme is Dahl’s 100 years since he was born. Can’t wait for the summer!! Every time I look at the book of 2016, I know I have made myself proud.

Before Christmas…I wanted to do more volunteering so I went to the college library and started to do some research. Personally, I didn’t know what I wanted to do (there are so much volunteer places). Then while looking at the computer screen, I saw that my searches weren’t going to get anywhere. I tried a lot in that time space which was about an hour. My mind then thought there must be a way to get something online. I then decided to visit the Do-It.org page…it was a perfect match. I signed up for it, then I waited a few days. I still had no idea what I was going to do.

Then a little spark of my imagination wanted me to help other people like what I did at the library. I still was looking around; most of the places wanted over 18 year olds. I understood that because technically I was a child still. Then finally, 2 places came up looking for 16-17 year olds. I was buzzing…I quickly applied for both, I thought that I might not have enough experience for them to allow me to join. Turns out I was wrong…the first place was to be a youth support worker for a mobile van company that goes around my town. I didn’t get a response for about 2 weeks but then I did one day which saying that they will be in contact…it was a few days later that I got told I have to wait until my 17th birthday. I was a bit upset because I needed something quite quickly and that my birthday was like 6 months away.

The second place was a café. They help homeless people on a Wednesday, I knew I had to help somehow and someone. I got a response 2 weeks before Christmas saying that can I visit the place and that they will place me in the rota. I was so happy and shocked! I got a volunteer job at a café. It was so lovely to go in every Monday 9-11:30 for 8 weeks (total 22.5 hours, yes I know I did over the target but I wanted to stay and help more). The atmosphere was amazing, lots of people wanting a coffee or tea at 96p! So cheap and comfort food as well. The other volunteers loved having a chat and it was like one big family. It was incredible, I loved every second…

When I came back after celebrating the 2016 start, it was devastating…the volunteers were crying. It was to close on the 18th of March 2016… The good news is that on the 30th of March they are doing a volunteer event to say goodbye which I’m attending. I’m so excited but sad at the same time but it’s been the best 8 weeks of my life.

Everyone should volunteer in their life even if it’s just for one time then you are helping yourselves as well as others. Fortunately, nowadays places that offer volunteering work accept anyone, even if you are different. I didn’t think that they could treat me like the other volunteers even though I have a learning disability. It took me time to get used to every detail because of health and safety law, which I never learned beforehand. Volunteering is the best opportunity to do in your life, you can include it on your C.V. and you will have the experience that other people don’t have! Look around and start volunteering now…

-Anonymous

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