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Youth Volunteering


Name: Darryl McCullagh
Age: 22
Darryl McCullagh
What inspired you to get involved?
As a child growing up, opportunities where limited and it was only through people like my father volunteering in the local Youth Club/GAA Club that I had a chance to participate. So when I was too old to attend the Youth Club anymore, I decided to give back to the club by offering my time and skills as a volunteer in 2003. I currently volunteer at the Youth Club and GAA Club where I volunteer three nights a week, I have already achieved my 200 Hours Award doing this.
What does your volunteering involve?
As a volunteer for the GAA Club, it involves planning out a full season for a particular team as well as being there to train and manage them through the year. Alongside this, the team can come to me for guidance or help with anything and I will do my best to offer them the help needed. In the Youth Club I’m a senior leader and this means I’m responsible for: • Behaviour (recording incidents and dealing with issues) • Attendance records and money collection • Leaders attendance and training • Planning trips, events and the daily activities etc. • Ordering Stock for the club
What skills or qualities are required for your volunteering role?
I believe you need to be patient, organized, creative, enthusiastic and creative in order to fulfill my volunteering role.
What do you enjoy most about volunteering and what has been your highlight?
I enjoy that satisfied feeling when you know you’ve helped make a difference in someone’s life and my highlight has been seeing various people achieve goals they have set, knowing how hard they have worked to achieve them.
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 because volunteering is a great way to gain experience while making a difference in people’s lives. It’s also an opportunity to meet lots of different people and make new friendships that will last for life. My advice would be to volunteer for as many occasions as you can and enjoy the experience because it’s all a learning curve for future life.