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Name: John Rhys McClean
Age: 22
John  Rhys McClean
Where do you volunteer?
Abbey Gymnastics C.I.C
What inspired you to get involved?
I attend the University of Ulster Jordanstown and I am currently completing a degree in Business Studies. I carry out an admin and accounting role within Abbey Gymnastics, so It was a great opportunity to put my university work into practice. I was inspired to get involved as I knew it would provide me with an opportunity to develop my knowledge and personal skills.
What does your volunteering involve?
My volunteering involves carrying out an admin and accounting role. It involves continually developing my business skills as I get involved in the running of the club and planning for the clubs future. I have taken an active role volunteering at in house competitions.
What skills or qualities are required for your volunteering role?
The skills and qualities required for my volunteering role include the ability to meet deadlines, willingness to learn, be a team player, time keeping and a good business head. Its important to be passionate about what you do whether it is the business side of the club or the gymnastics side.
What do you enjoy most about volunteering and what has been your highlight?
I really enjoy volunteering as I love the feeling of being able to help others. It has been a great value to me in terms of my university work and career prospects. The highlight of my voluntary work has been developing my skill sets and becoming so close to everyone at the club, its like a family.
Why would you encourage others to become a Millennium Volunteer and what advice would you give them?
I would encourage others to become a Millennium Volunteer as it builds upon your skills and experience thus making you more attractive to employers. My advice to anyone thinking of becoming a volunteer is to be dedicated as in the long term it really does pay off. Its really important to choose a role that you are passionate about.