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Youth Volunteering


Name: Joe Simpson
Age: 20
Joe Simpson
What inspired you to get involved?
I had heard from friends about volunteering and how beneficial and enjoyable it had been to them. I was assured that volunteering could be done in your own time alongside school and other commitments. Due to the passing of a close family member due to Cancer I felt charities helping Cancer sufferers and their families would be where Iíd focus my attention. I found however overtime I didnít have to restrict myself to one line of volunteering and through the people Iíd met through the Cancer charities I was able to help out with other also.
What does your volunteering involve?
I currently volunteer at a Marie Curie charity shop in Belfast and my main duties are sorting, steaming and tagging clothes, operating the till and being a friendly face to customers in the shop. Working in the shop also presents a time to share stories and get things off your mind (if you wish to talk about them!).
What skills or qualities are required for your volunteering role?
I think itís important when volunteering in a charity shop such as Marie Curie to remember to be friendly as you can, be as polite and courteous as possible and try and do the jobs as best you can while also having a good time! You should look forward to coming and helping out!
What do you enjoy most about volunteering and what has been your highlight?
So far Wednesday afternoons with the manager Paul have been brilliant and unpacking some hilarious ďitemsĒ from bags donated to the shop has to be one of the funniest things Iíve seen. I enjoy meeting new people through volunteering as well as the craic enjoyed while doing it!
Why would you encourage others to become a Millennium Volunteer and what advice would you give them?
Becoming a Millennium Volunteer I think shows youíre willing to give up some time to help out others without any financial incentive. However what a person gets back from Volunteering far outweighs the work itself. The people you meet, fun you have, skills you learn and the sense of achievement when you succeed in a task or fundraiser is invaluable. My advice would be to try and do more than one role if you have the time and if shy, bring a friend along with you to help as well, the more the merrier!