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Name: Shannon McDermott
Age: 18
Shannon McDermott
What inspired you to get involved?
I want to be a teacher for special needs and I felt that this was a good way to gain experience. I also wanted to impact the community in a positive way.
What does your volunteering involve?
I volunteer for various different organisations, but the one I am most dedicated to is Foyle parents and friends. It involves working with people of various ages who have mental and physical disabilities.
What skills or qualities are required for your volunteering role?
What skills or qualities are required for your volunteering role? Patience is required and understanding that the needs of the people we work with are very different to our own. Being adaptable to different situations.
What do you enjoy most about volunteering and what has been your highlight?
I enjoy being able to interact with everybody. The kids feel more like brothers and sisters. I donít feel like I'm volunteering it just feels like I'm having fun. My highlight would have to be doing the summer scheme at Foyleview last year. It was as much fun for me as it was for the kids.
Why would you encourage others to become a Millennium Volunteer and what advice would you give them?
Itís a lot of fun and you make some of your best friends and memories while volunteering. Start with an open mind there are some things that may challenge you at first but over time its great fun, you get there in the end!! Volunteering really boosts your confidence and self esteem.