This week is national volunteer week.
This morning they have highlighted the problems recruiting volunteers, and I thought I would just post a few reasons why I think it's important to volunteer, and how I benefit from my volunteering.
Why I started volunteering:
I first volunteered because it was a clause required to complete my Duke of Edinburgh awards. I went through my Bronze, Silver and Gold awards at high school.
The first experience I had was helping at a local Mencap centre at their monthly youth club. I was around 14 years old, and it was great! I could see how much the adults appreciated the help of me and my friends which was rewarding and the service we were asked to do was just to play with the youth club members who were people of all ages with mental disabilities. We played table tennis, made jigsaws, listened to jokes, talked to people... how easy is that?! So easy to make other people happy.
I then volunteered with Brownies, which I LOVED. Little girls enjoy crafts, games/sports, singing, cooking. I enjoy crafts, games/sports, singing and cooking! Win win win win win. I completed my Young Leader Certificate and passed my YL Camp License to take guides on camp to cover the clauses of the award.
After this I stuck with Brownies until I left home to go to music college.