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Name: Aoife Monaghan
Age: 18
Aoife Monaghan
What inspired you to get involved?
I think for me it's just the joy of seeing you helped somebody and did something good. People who helped others have always inspired me and I find volunteering a valuable experience. As I read somewhere; "Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change." When I was told about this award programme through my school I was immediately intrigued by this challenge and I was ready to step up to the mark.
What does your volunteering involve?
What skills or qualities are required for your volunteering role? For me volunteering is all about helping people and to pin point one particular role and say what it involves is difficult because I feel that volunteering always involves dedication, commitment and perseverance. I have been in different roles however most of which have been helping people and for this it's necessary to be understanding and patient. Volunteering at a children's summer scheme meant I needed to be confident and kind as well as a Games Ambassador at the World Police and Fire Games where I interacted with people of different nationalities etc. Being a team player is vital but independence is also quite crucial.
What do you enjoy most about volunteering and what has been your highlight?
I love the atmosphere which surrounds the atmosphere when volunteering as well as feeling welcome and responsible. I enjoy the sense of satisfaction when you know that you've done something good. For me my highlight in terms of volunteering, was being involved in the World Police and Fire Games, where firstly I was a selection event volunteer, meaning I was required to interview potential volunteers for their roles in the August games. Then I wad fortunate to be selected to be a Games Ambassador for indoor volleyball and badminton in Lisburn, I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of this, interacting with fellow volunteers and police and firemen was highly enjoyable. Additionally my communication skills were put to the ultimate test when I conversed in Spanish to the "Bomberos" from Granada.
Why would you encourage others to become a Millennium Volunteer and what advice would you give them?
I would encourage others to become MV's because in my opinion it's a pretty good achievement because when I first started I didn't think I would reach my goal but it taught me not to give up!