Posted 12:03PM on Wednesday 19 February 2014
Student Volunteering Week is a UK–wide celebration of the power of student volunteering. This year, it’s taking place on 24 February – 2 March 2014. And, we’re getting involved.
We want to help students in Northern Ireland find their perfect volunteering opportunity, so we’re hosting an information stand at the volunteer recruitment fair at Queen’s University Belfast Students’ Union on 24 February. We’re also hosting a workshop at 3–4pm.
We know that no matter what you’re passionate about, there are opportunities for everyone to get involved with the challenging, rewarding and enriching experience that volunteering with Positive Futures offers.
Our aim is to transform the future of the people we support. We do that by enabling people to realise their hopes, dreams and ambitions. Our volunteers help us to do that.
We think that volunteering with us is a valuable experience for students, but don’t just take our word for it. Ciara, 20, a Psychology student, tells us her volunteering story.
Positive Futures has been an important part of my life since my early teens.
When I was at school, I was a helper at an after schools club for children with a learning disability run by Positive Futures. I helped the children use the computers.
I was so impressed by the children and by the experience that when I started my degree in Psychology at QUB in 2012, I signed up once again to volunteer for Positive Futures at a Fresher’s Week volunteer recruitment fair.
The process of becoming a volunteer was straightforward and didn’t take long which was good as I couldn’t wait to get started. I was excited and nervous but all the staff made me feel welcome. I soon felt like I’d been volunteering all my life!
Now, I regularly support the children at a range of activities and holiday schemes. I get involved with art, games and circus skills. I also attend a walking group every Saturday morning to help the children to get out and explore local places such as Lady Dixon Park, Wallace Park, Black Mountain and many more.
I really appreciate the opportunity to volunteer with children with a learning disability and find it so rewarding. I’ve not only gained valuable experience, but have built many positive relationships with the children, other volunteers and staff.
Volunteering has also been instrumental in guiding me into my future career. I love making a difference to the lives of the young people I support, as they deserve the best quality of life.
I would encourage anyone, regardless of their age, to volunteer with Positive Futures. It’s great fun and I’m sure it would make them as happy as it makes me when caring for these inspirational children.
Pop along to see us at the fair on Monday or if you can’t make it, but you’d still like to volunteer, then take the next step and get in touch. Call us on 028 9147 5720 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are lots of different types of volunteering opportunities at Positive Futures. Whatever your skills or experience, there’s something to fit with your interests and your schedule. We’d love to hear from you.