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Youth Volunteering


Name: Aimee Kline
Age: 20
Aimee Kline
Where do you volunteer?
St John Ambulance Service and Bangor Academy (Sixth Form College)
What does your volunteering involve?
On a Monday afternoon I volunteer with the Badgers Division which is the youngest St John Ambulance division (5-10 year olds) teaching them basic first aid skills as well as doing other interactive games. Then on a Tuesday night I attend St John Ambulance Cadet Division where I learn first aid and as I am an older Cadet, I help younger Cadets improve their skills in this area. Within school I am a reading mentor, three times a week I meet with a year 8 student to help improve her literacy skills as well as her confidence by reading with her. I am also a peer mentor and a senior prefect in school so I volunteer my time to work with younger students to form a bond between sixth form and younger students.
What do you enjoy most about volunteering and what has been your highlight?
I find my work with the Badgers at St John most enjoyable as I like teaching them valuable first aid skills and watching them learning from me and being able to demonstrate skills than even many adults do not have that could potentially save a life. My highlight from volunteering with the Badgers was when they were practising for their parents evening and got a chance to display what they learned. They loved being praised for their new skills and it was nice to know I had taught them something they were proud of.
Why would you encourage others to become a Millennium Volunteer and what advice would you give them?
By becoming a Millennium Volunteer and getting involved within my school and community I have greatly developed my personal skills and found interests I never knew I had. As well as this the programme was great way to build my CV and improve my personal statement so I would recommend the programme to anyone. I would advise future volunteers to try to get involved with as many varied activities as possible to give themselves lots of new experience while they work towards this award.