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Name: Clea McKeown
Age: 15
Clea McKeown
About your volunteering
Since January 2012 I have been volunteering once a week St John Ambulance (Cadets) and have volunteered in the past with Hospice (2 hours every week for five weeks) and Oxfam (2 hours every week for 12 weeks).
What inspired you to get involved?
I want to do something to make a difference and I feel like I have many skills to share.
What does your volunteering involve?
Using First aid, communicating with people. I also am learning sign language currently with St John.
What skills or qualities are required for your volunteering role?
Commitment First Aid Communication Befriending
What do you enjoy most about volunteering and what has been your highlight?
I loved volunteering in the charity shops as I got to know some of the people who came into the shops regularly, I aslo enjoyed working on the till. I also enjoy building friendships with the people I work with in St Johns.
Why would you encourage others to volunteer and what advice would you give them?
I want to encourage others to volunteer as it is great and it gives you a sense of purpose and fulfilment when you make a difference. It also benefits you in terms of employment when you are older. I want people to realise that you can make a big difference just by giving some of your spare time doing something extremely worthwhile and enjoyable.