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Youth Volunteering


Name: Laura Conway
Age: 18
Laura Conway
What inspired you to get involved?
Volunteering within my school and local community/church was my way of giving back to those who have helped and supported me. Volunteering is very rewarding and I saw other people volunteering and decided to do the same. In Lourdes, France volunteering with older generations gave me a sense of achievement and spurred me on to do more.
What does your volunteering involve?
It involved going to the homes of older individuals or people in their homes, doing ironing and cleaning where necessary. I also help out with teaching the youth in church. While in Lourdes I was involved in helping those who were physically or mentally ill. While working at the World Police and Fire Games I was involved in working at the ice-hockey and helping people to find their seats.
What skills or qualities are required for your volunteering role?
As I wad dealing with the public a certain level of patience was required. It was necessary to be well organised and prepared. Time keeping was also essential as the work I was undertaking was under a schedule.
What do you enjoy most about volunteering and what has been your highlight?
I enjoy volunteering as it is a great way of giving back to the community and a brilliant opportunity to meet new people who you have something in common with. Volunteering in Lourdes and the WPFG were a highlight as I got to meet people from different countries. Volunteering has taught me not to take things for granted.
Why would you encourage others to become a Millennium Volunteer and what advice would you give them?
I would encourage anyone to become a millennium volunteer as you get to meet new people, and give you opportunities to work in your community and internationally. My advice to others would be to get the most out of your role, donít be afraid to get out of your comfort zone. Go out of your way to help others, itís an amazing experience.