Posted 02:59PM on Thursday 28 May 2015
Today marks the first day of Volunteers’ Week 2015! We don’t need a special occasion to say thank you to our volunteers but we want to take time this week to share stories about some of the amazing volunteers we are lucky to have. Without the support of volunteers, Positive Futures wouldn’t be what it is today. We’re delighted to have over 110 active, dedicated volunteers who, on a daily basis, make a real difference to the lives of the people we support.
Claire Stewart began volunteering with our Bangor Family Support Service in 2014. Here, Claire tells us why she loves to volunteer.
“I started volunteering with Positive Futures after completing a placement with the Service at university. When I started the placement I was greeted with the ‘smiliest’ of faces from the staff, volunteers and the young people. Each week I was involved with swimming club, trampoline club, art club and the occasional Saturday outing with the girls group.
For me, the placement was amazing and when it was time to finish, there was no doubt in my mind that I would be staying on to volunteer. Volunteering with Positive Futures is definitely one of the greatest adventures I have ever been on. The children and young people I have had the privilege to meet are all amazing.
I never in my wildest dreams thought I would love volunteering as much as I do. The whole Organisation is incredible. They make sure that the volunteer’s needs are met, helping them use their talents to the best of their abilities. Currently, with university and a youth work job, I am extremely busy but Positive Futures works with my schedule. The best thing about volunteering with Positive Futures is that every time I am there, I have fun. At the moment, I am involved with art club and swimming. They are both fantastic clubs and I love building up a relationship with the young people who attend. They are the funniest bunch I have ever met.
I am so thankful for all the work that Positive Futures does and that I can be a part of it too. I would highly recommend volunteering to everyone because it really is worthwhile and so special.”
A huge thank you to Claire for sharing her story today. If you’re interested in volunteering with our Family Support Services, please get in touch today or click here for more information.