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Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Have you ever volunteered? | Lifestyle

So this post is going to be a more lifestyle themed post. This post, as you’ve guessed from the title, is about volunteering. I wanted to talk a bit about my experience and about the benefits it can offer. I really hope you read this, because I think it’s important that we, as humans, give back and volunteering is a great way to do this.

 I volunteer weekly by helping out at Rainbows- a club for girls aged 5-7. On a Thursday evening, for an hour, I become ‘Sunny’- the helper that the kids love to talk to. I use my experience of being a Rainbow, Brownie and Guide myself, to support the two leaders that run the club. I help run activities, play games with them, and am in charge of my own sub group of five girls. This is quite an easy way to volunteer for me, as it has always been an option for me, but I do love it nonetheless. I love to see their drawings, and to chat with them, whilst still educating them on the Girl Guide teaching- of being kind and helpful etc.

I am also privileged to say that the whole of last week I got to volunteer in an annual holiday school, in my area, which is run by the church. The club takes just over 250 children, aged from 5- 10, and I was just one of many helpers. I chose to volunteer because I had never been before, although I had heard about it as a child. I absolutely loved the whole week. I made many new ks2 friends, and enjoyed a week of games, teaching and fun. One of the main reasons I took part was because my friend was, and I am so happy that I did because I know it is something I want to be part of for years to come. I made new friends, with the other volunteers, and even though I was tired out after it ever night, I still gave my all. All the children that go have an amazing time, and the smiles on their faces say it all, as well as the sad goodbyes at the end of the week.

Obviously, there are so many ways to volunteer, and my ways are just about helping run clubs with children, but that’s what interests me most. I love to work with children, and volunteering this way is a joy. However I know for some people, this would be hell. What I mean to say, is that there are so many options for volunteering and that this is just one.

Consider all the choices. Clearly some depend on your age, and how much time you have to spare, but remember a little help is better than none. Every area will have specialised places that need volunteers; consider helping out at the local library, nursing home, school clubs or charity shops. Why not read to an elderly member of the community? Is there something you can do that links with your love of animals? Why not help at the schools homework club? Think outside the box and choose something that will interest you the most.

I think many people, of any age, put aside volunteering because they think it’s just helping old people, or that they don’t have any time to do it, or because they can’t be bothered. I know, from my bit of experience, that volunteering really pays you back with happiness. You can feel like you’ve given back to the community, that you’ve really helped someone and that you’ve made a difference, no matter how small. I would really urge you to at least consider the possibility of volunteering, and the benefits that is can offer.

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