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Youth Volunteering


Name: Gillian McCausland
Age: 19
Gillian McCausland
What inspired you to get involved?
I got involved in the World Police and Fire Games because I wanted to be involved in something big and to gain new experiences. Meeting new people from all around the world whilst working in Northern Ireland seemed like a great opportunity.
What does your volunteering involve?
In St Johns Ambulance my volunteering involved learning first aid and attending events in case any one needed first aid. In GFS I help out with the 7-8 year olds, helping them with their arts and crafts, PE and Bible Study. This year I will also be teaching them first aid. During the World Police and Fire Games I was a games ambassador, welcoming people and helping with any problems they had.
What skills or qualities are required for your volunteering role?
My volunteering roles have required me to be up for a challenge, committed, outgoing and friendly. Being able to be caring and work in a team were also really important.
What do you enjoy most about volunteering and what has been your highlight?
I enjoy knowing that I've helped someone else and gaining the feeling that I've been pat of something. A highlight for me is when the girls I work with in GFS are pleased with themselves because of something they've achieved and knowing that I have helped them to achieve that.
Why would you encourage others to become a Millennium Volunteer and what advice would you give them?
Definitely, just put yourself out there for as many opportunities as possible, you’ll gain so many experiences and meet so many new people. You can take these new experiences through life with you.