4 August 2015
We were delighted that Lord Mayor of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon District Council, Cllr Darryn Causby, took time out from his busy schedule to invite Volunteer Now to Craigavon Civic Centre to chat about his own volunteering experiences.
The Lord Mayor first got involved in volunteering at an early age with his local YMCA in Portadown. Through YMCA he was able to get paid employment as a part-time youth club project worker - although he did keep up his volunteering as well! The Club also got him involved in the Millennium Volunteer Programme and he achieved his 200 hour award in 2004. Cllr Causby quoted that "MV and my volunteering experience was instrumental in gaining entry to Jordanstown University to undertake my degree in youth & community work"
Throughout his student days and latterly he has taken part in a wide range of volunteering including the International Leadership Programme which involved travelling to places such as Strasbourg, Kosovo and Budapest. He is currently the Secretary of Brownstown Owners & Tenants Association, sits on the Board of Governors of two schools and Lisburn YMCA and of course as Lord Mayor has a strong personal involvement in the Mayors Charities.
Here, he tells us why he volunteers:
"I love youth work and I strongly believe that it is important that people volunteer for something they enjoy. If you do choose something you don't feel good about, speak to someone, re-visit why you are doing it and maybe look at other opportunities which might suit better - there's certainly lots to choose from. My advice to someone thinking about volunteering for the first time is to get involved with no pre-conceived ideas and keep the lines of communication wide open. I've been asked what the highlight of my own volunteering has been... there have been many but it's certainly not the late nights or long hours! Sitting down with a group of young people over a coffee and hearing about their stories and their lives - that can be a strong learning curve. I really enjoy 'dialogue' and taking others thoughts onboard! I'm a strong advocate of taking time to invest in people because early on, some one did that for me.