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Name: Niamh Duffy
Age: 18
Niamh Duffy
About your volunteering
I have been volunteering at 174 Trust since September 2011.
What inspired you to get involved?
I wish to follow a career in social work, so this has inspired me to gain as much experience as possible. I also really enjoy the social aspect of volunteering.
What does your volunteering involve?
On a weekly basis I volunteer with young adults with physical and mental disabilities. We engage in educational games and encourage them to be self confident in aspects of everyday life.
What skills or qualities are required for your volunteering role?
To carry out my volunteering you need a number of skills including: pateince, open to differences, confidence, leadership qualities and good, clear communication.
What do you enjoy most about volunteering and what has been your highlight?
The different experiences volunteering has opened up for me. I have taken courses in 'Makaton' - a form of sign - a form of sign languages and how to deal with difficult behaviour. I have really enjoyed being able to do these and use them when I volunteer. My highlight is being awarded the 200 hours award of excellence.
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 its rewarding for you and the people you volunteer with. I would advise to be open to differences as you can be dealing with things you're not comfortable with. But once you deal with it you feel so much better about yourself and the people appreciate it more than you would think.