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Name: Shakeel Mohammed
Age: 14
Shakeel Mohammed
When did you first volunteer?
I started volunteering in January 2013 as part of my Duke of Edinburgh Award
Where do you volunteer?
I volunteer at Save the Children in Ballymena every Saturday
What inspired you to get involved?
I was doing the Duke Of Edinburgh award through my school and I had to volunteer as part of it. It was a great feeling of taking part in something positive and I loved the opportunity to learn new skills and meet new people. The 12 week experience lead me onto wanting to volunteer more and so, thats why I signed up for the millennium volunteers program.
What does your volunteering involve?
I had to get involved in sorting out clothes , preparing the stock room, pricing items and deciding what donations were worth keeping to sell, organising the shelves, and decorating the front window but it wasn't all hard work as it was a great laugh too.
What skills or qualities are required for your volunteering role?
You have to be willing to work hard, have good time management skills, and having a positive attitude helps. It is important you are reliable too as there will be others that depend on you coming in. Having a great sense of humour also helps brightens up the day, not only for yourself but those around you!
What do you enjoy most about volunteering and what has been your highlight?
I have enjoyed meeting new people of all ages and backgrounds. The experience has given me a taster for what it would be like to do as a job in the future. My highlight of volunteering would be the feeling of satisfaction you get when people work as a team together to get the job done.
Why would you encourage others to become a Millennium Volunteer and what advice would you give them?
I would encourage people to take up volunteering as it is a great way of developing skills in communication, being creative and learning to compromise with others. It can be very challenging but rewarding and character building at the same time. I will tell them of the experiences I gained from volunteering such as learning organisational skills and time management, which are very important in the working world today.