Volunteering – a positive outlook
This week’s blog posts are brought to you by volunteers who are supporting local play projects involved in the Free Time Consortium’s ‘Get Involved in Play’ programme funded by the Cabinet Office’s Social Action Fund. We want to celebrate the amazing work done by the volunteers – children, parents and grandparents – who Love Outdoor Play. And, as this week is National Volunteer’s Week, what better opportunity to showcase their efforts and to say thank you. We hope you enjoy their stories and they motivate you to get involved in your local play project and support Love Outdoor Play!
An interview with Rebecca Legowski.
Where do you volunteer?
KIDS Music Project – Stockport.
When did you begin volunteering?
On average how many hours per month do you volunteer?
Is it usually during the day, evening or at a weekend?
Are you also employed, do you have an additional job?
Yes I work for Metro Link Test for Breakthrough UK – Accessibility Audit.
What does your volunteer role consist of?
Supporting and joint facilitating a group of young people to write and sing original songs and complete a couple of performances.
What influenced you to volunteer in the first instance?
Wanting to experience a work place environment and also to provide an inclusive project.
What do you enjoy the most about your volunteering role?
Meeting a diverse range of people and a sense of self worth having been unemployed for a while.
What skills / qualification’s have you gained from volunteering?
I have been able to engage in a self confidence course and also I have improved my people and communication skills, and how to work with a diverse set of people.
How would you describe the atmosphere where you volunteer?
The atmosphere is vibrant and lively.
In what ways has your volunteering helped other people?
I have helped other young people to gain in confidence and to voice their opinions about the music they are writing.
Would you recommend volunteering to others and why?
Yes, because when you volunteer you gain a lot of experience and you feed off the other participant’s energy, it makes me feel good to think that I can work with others who have the same interests. I enjoy the social aspect of the group.
What has been the highlight of your volunteering?
The music that we play and writing and performing our original song titled Better Days, it has a positive outlook.
On average, how many young people do you work with on a daily basis?
I am involved with nine people each week which works out at nearly two a day.
Are there any other comments you would like to add?
Volunteering puts you in good stead for full time employment.
Rebecca Legowski volunteers at KIDS.