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Youth Volunteering


Name: Holly Hamilton
Age: 20
Holly Hamilton
When did you first volunteer?
4 years ago
Where do you volunteer?
Willowfield Parish Church (East Belfast)
Why would you encourage others to become a Millennium Volunteer and what advice would you give them?
I would encourage people to get involved because its an amazing opportunity. We get so many rewards and its amazing to make a difference in the children’s/youths lives. Give it your all and appreciate that you are making a difference. Where you sow seeds, you will see fruit.
What inspired you to get involved?
I wanted to use my time wisely and wanted to have something positive to look forward to and to be involved in. Other people’s stories inspired me to get involved in helping out in my local community. I wanted to also give back what people gave to me when I was a young person.
What does your volunteering involve?
Youth work – cell groups for teenage girls, girls group, school/community detached, youth club, Sunday morning group during the service. Kids – kids klub, cell groups, afterschool club and homework club Community detached bus stops, letters, giveaway and leaflets.
What skills or qualities are required for your volunteering role?
I think you need to have patience, a servant heart, empathy, be a good listener, fun, have a creative mind, and be non-judgemental. We have to be kind to the individuals and show them love and provide a safe place where they can be honest and build a trusting relationship with them.
What do you enjoy most about volunteering and what has been your highlight?
I love meeting kids/youth we work with on the streets and seeing them outside of church can sometimes make you happy. I love seeing them reach their full potential or the smiles and laughter they have when they achieve something. A highlight would be taking them on trips and seeing them happy.