Just thought I would post a thread about my volunteering experiences.
I have been a volunteer leader for TheSite, for about 5 months, and it has been amazing.
I have been given the opportunity to attend a weekender, I learnt so much from this opportunity and gained a lot of confidence, from the weekender.
I am looking forward to the next one. I love being a member on leaders network.
I sometimes struggle with posting discussions and getting my ideas out, but everybody on the network are very accepting and understanding, and a lovely bunch of people.
I recently signed up to volunteer for another organization that is for young people with disabilities. And as a volunteer, I befriend one of the members, and do social activities with them. I am currently a volunteer for a bowling group that a group of young people go to.
I had my first session at bowling today and loved it. I will eventually move onto doing 1-1 activities with the young person that I am paired up with. But as I am new to the role I am going to be doing the group activities until I feel a bit more comfortable. The young people inspire me, they don't give up and are happy and carry on, enjoying themselves..
I truly believe that just because somebody has a disability it doesn't mean they can't enjoy themselves and be happy and do social activities.
This is what the organization that I am volunteering is aimed at helping young people get out and enjoy social activities. And also to make friendships.
I have also signed up to be a volunteer for Age UK, this role I found out about by Josephine at the last leaders weekender. I was interested in this role and signed up straight away when I had the details. I will hopefully be starting soon. I am going to be helping older people learn about using technology, to help them feel less isolated. I am excited about this role, because I feel like that just because they are old people they still should be aware of things like skype, using computers,phones Because everything nowadays is online, people use computers, phones to contact people, not many people use a paper and pen anymore. Its very sad how older people feel, when they feel isolated because they can't necessarily contact people they care about. So I am looking forward to this role.
I never thought I would have the confidence to do anything like these volunteering roles, I have been given the chance to go to London, which again I never thought I would be able to do. I cannot thank the people enough who have given me these volunteering opportunities. I love being able to help others.
One day I woke up and decided that I wanted to make a difference, and gain experiences while being able to do what I love, helping others.
So I decided that volunteering was something that I really wanted to do, and never looked back ever since.
Sorry about the long thread.