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Name: Darren Bourke
Age: 19
Darren Bourke
When did you first volunteer?
4 years ago
Where do you volunteer?
Willowfield Parish Church (East Belfast)
How often do you volunteer?
Tuesday to Sunday
What MV award have you earned; when did you get it?
200 hours - 2011/2012
What inspired you to get involved?
I wanted to gain experience with working with youth so that I can help them to grow as people. I want a better, fuller future for young people.
What does your volunteering involve?
Iím involved in bus stops, outreach, homework clubs, full 90, kids club, cell groups, football clubs and active youth.
What skills or qualities are required for your volunteering role?
I have learned how to deal with troubled youth and I feel I have become a better leader, time keeper and teacher. Iíve learnt patience and how hard you have to work to invest in the youth of today.
What do you enjoy most about volunteering and what has been your highlight?
I love building relationships with the young people so that they can come to you and trust you with what is happening in their lives.
Why would you encourage others to become a Millennium Volunteer and what advice would you give them?
You should volunteer because you are investing in the youthís future. My advice for working with young people is to stay calm, work at their level and to genuinely invest in them.