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Name: Christina Cousins
Age: 19
Christina Cousins
What inspired you to get involved?
I am an outgoing person and felt like I should be using my free time more productively to give back to the community. I got into volunteering through my Duke of Edinburgh Silver award and have continued volunteering after it.
What does your volunteering involve?
In Girls Brigade I look after young girls in the company and provide a programme each Tuesday which involves Bible class, badge work and P.E. I also got to go on a mission trip to South Africa in the summer of 2012. In Dunlady nursing home I care for the elderly helping them wash and getting their food. In Marie Currie charity shop I provide customer service for the community, cleaning and helping with the tills.
What skills or qualities are required for your volunteering role?
Leadership qualities are required in GB frequently and communications skills in all areas. Analytical thinking and problem solving skills are required for providing customer services.
What do you enjoy most about volunteering and what has been your highlight?
I enjoy working with both the children in GB and the elderly in the nursing home. But my highlight has to be the trip to South Africa through volunteering with GB.
Why would you encourage others to become a Millennium Volunteer and what advice would you give them?
Volunteering is a great experience and really develops your skills and allows you to come out of your shell. I would say to give it your all because you enjoy it more when you’re working hard at it!!