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Youth Volunteering


Name: Connor Burns
Age: 21
Connor Burns
What inspired you to get involved?
After the World Police and Fire Games, I decided to work as a volunteer at my local youth centre. Volunteer Now and the World Police and Fire Games have inspired me to help other people in my area. I hope to continue helping people around Northern Ireland.
What does your volunteering involve?
Working with the youth centre involves doing several things, such as being a youth leader, taking young kids on trips and many other exciting thing. Generally making sure the kids have fun. I also work on the Tuck Shop.
What skills or qualities are required for your volunteering role?
I'm currently studying sports development, so through doing this course I understand more fully how to keep kids well occupied and happy. To me itís all about experience, the more voluntary work I undertake, the better youth leader I become.
What do you enjoy most about volunteering and what has been your highlight?
I enjoy seeing kids having a good tie and keeping themselves occupied. Itís great to see as I didn't have any youth centres when I was younger. I want to give my community a better name and future, by helping my community out.
Why would you encourage others to become a Millennium Volunteer and what advice would you give them?
I would love to inspire people the way I've been inspired, being a Millennium Volunteer is a really great achievement and it would be a proud moment for anyone to receive recognition for their great work.