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Name: Jennifer Tempany
Age: 18
Jennifer Tempany
What inspired you to get involved?
I love to help people in any way possible and a number of people suggested I take up a volunteering role within the hospital. I decided to try it out and I loved it. I've always wanted to help others in the community.
What does your volunteering involve?
Within the hospital I talk to parents and help them with anything they need. Within the childrenís liturgy, I help to set up and supervise the children as well as helping out with the activities. I work in a youth club and I help the students with their homework.
What skills or qualities are required for your volunteering role?
The main skills needed across the three roles I undertake is communication. This skill ensures that activities are carried out successfully. Furthermore, I think that organisation and team working skills are important within the childrenís liturgy.
What do you enjoy most about volunteering and what has been your highlight?
I love all my roles, but my favourite is in the hospital, talking to the patients is wonderful because I can see how happy it makes them to have company. I love helping them with their meals or even taking a short walk with them. My highlight is most definitely talking to the patients and building a relationship with them.
Why would you encourage others to become a Millennium Volunteer and what advice would you give them?
I would strongly encourage as many people as possible to become a millennium volunteer because not only does it look fantastic on your UCAS, but itís a wonderful opportunity to meet new friends. I've learnt a great deal about others and have widened my experience.