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Challenge, commitment and a change for the better!

Posted 03:09PM on Thursday 28 May 2015

It’s Day 4 of Volunteers’ Week 2015 and today we are hearing from Paul T, a volunteer with our Better Together Project. Paul’s story illustrates how taking on a personal challenge through volunteering can go a long way to making life better for someone else.

When Paul T found himself with time on his hands, he didn’t let it get him down. He wanted to do something that would be worthwhile and help other people. Paul T heard about volunteering opportunities with Positive Futures and thought he would give it a go. He joined our volunteer team last year as a mentor with the Better Together Project and following his training he was matched with a young man named Paul S.

The two Pauls met for weekly mentoring sessions where Paul T encouraged Paul S to get involved in his local community. Paul T also helped Paul S to develop his confidence by trying new things. It has been great to see the relationship they have formed and the goals they have achieved over the year.

When asked about his time volunteering with the Project, Paul T said:

“During my year of mentoring, Paul and I enjoyed lots of trips, visiting the sights around Belfast like the Zoo, the Titanic Quarter and Stormont Estate. I supported Paul to achieve some of his goals such as becoming more independent by getting the bus into town together and also helping him to get fit through attending his local gym. This is something which he may not have done on his own. Additionally, I supported Paul to attend group activities at the Belfast Activity Centre where we participated in team building games and had a go at wall climbing!

I really enjoyed my volunteering – building up a relationship with Paul and seeing his confidence improve as he tried new things. I also developed my own personal skills and completed my first aid training. Volunteering has made me more outgoing and motivated. I enjoyed meeting other volunteer mentors at our volunteer evenings. I would recommend volunteering to anyone who wants to give something back to the community and try something new.”

A huge thank you and well done to Paul T and all our great volunteers who have committed to mentoring with our Better Together Project over the years. You’ve made life a whole lot better and brighter for all the people you have mentored!