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Name: Aine Hassard
Age: 20
Aine Hassard
What inspired you to get involved?
I began to volunteer for a few different projects as I wanted to become involved in more non-curricular activities which I had an interest in, such as working with children who have Special Educational needs and helping those less fortunate than myself through Saint Vincent DePaul.
What does your volunteering involve?
Volunteering for St Marys Saint Vincent Society involves helping to organise opportunities for the members to volunteer in different projects such as homework clubs and visitations. Furthermore we raise money for the Saint Vincent DePaul society itself which is put to good use in many different ways. I am currently applying to volunteer for Mindwise Mental Health organisation through Saint Vincent DePaul.
What skills or qualities are required for your volunteering role?
Organisational skills are key to this volunteering as well as researching various different projects we can get involved in. You are required to have a caring and non judgemental personality and willingness to dedicate regular contact with the projects that I am associated with.
What do you enjoy most about volunteering and what has been your highlight?
There are a number of things I enjoy about volunteering. I enjoy the feeling of making a difference in someone else’s life by doing just the simplest of things such as going for regular visits. I also really enjoy helping and doing things for others.
Why would you encourage others to become a Millennium Volunteer and what advice would you give them?
I would encourage others to become members of the Millennium Volunteer as it is a great way to meet new and interesting people and to do activities and projects which are beneficial to others. Volunteering also brings a feel good factor, that you are using your spare time productively no matter how little time you can volunteer.