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Youth Volunteering

Name: Christine Hobson
Age: 19
Christine Hobson
What inspired you to get involved?
I began volunteering in 2009 and currently volunteer in the Birches Area Craigavon once or twice a week. I received my 200 Hours Millennium Volunteers Award in March of this year. I was inspired to volunteer as I love working with people, especially young people. As an already established Sunday School teacher and Youth Leader, I wanted to inspire others to volunteer and gain the privilege and ‘feel good’ factor from helping and working with others.
What does your volunteering involve?
My volunteering involves working with young people ranging from 4 – 25 years old. This could entail encouraging and supporting young people to become more involved in team games or in their community and recognizing that everyone is unique and valued.
What skills or qualities are required for your volunteering role?
I have to be very patient and open-minded to all ethnic minorities, religions and views. I also have to be approachable so that the young people can feel at ease when asking me questions or discussing topics etc. Befriending is also a major quality and skill I require in my role.
What do you enjoy most about volunteering and what has been your highlight?
I enjoy the satisfaction of seeing and helping young people progress in life in a positive way, whether it is gaining essential life skills or receiving awards which could help them build and establish their qualities and skills – alongside contributions to our society. My highlight has been running a six week program on different topics for example alcohol, which enabled me to watch how the young people grew and learned the dangers of it and became more aware.
Why would you encourage others to become a Millennium Volunteer and what advice would you give them?
Becoming a Millennium Volunteer not only lets you build your confidence and enjoy being part of an awarded scheme but also allows you to share your attributes with others. My advice would be to never give up and to enjoy being a volunteer as you are not only improving your own life but you’re improving other also.