Causeway Volunteer Centre acknowledges Young Volunteers
A delightful evening in support of youth volunteering was
held in the Lodge Hotel on Wednesday evening.
This evening was organised by Causeway Volunteer Centre through funding
from Awards for All. Ruth McNeill,
Causeway Volunteer Centre said ‘young people have so much to offer as
volunteers and deserve recognition.
These young people have taken time out of their busy lives to get
involved in their communities and give a very positive image of young people’
Yasmin Geddis from the Zachary Geddis Trust impressed
everyone with her very personal story of grief following the death of her
brother and the positive way she channelled that sorrow into action as a
volunteer to help others. The one-time
young lawyer now works full time to fundraise and run support projects for
young people experiencing mental health issues.
Everyone within her organisation is a volunteer. She commented that there’s nothing more
precious than someone giving up their time to help others and called on anyone
with time on their hands to come and join her in the Zachary Geddis Trust.
Cllr Sean Bateson, Mayor Causeway Coast and Glens Council
also recognised the contribution of young volunteers in the area. He said that young people bring energy to
organisations. They bring new ideas and
modern thinking to groups and are visible role models for other young
people. Young volunteers also help to
change the negative images that are often portrayed in the media. They show that young people are thoughtful,
hard-working and willing to play a positive role in society.
The young volunteers themselves acknowledged that volunteering
gave them something worthwhile to do, something that they feel good about and
that looks good on a CV which helps in getting jobs or entering further
Many also said that they had gained confidence and self-esteem
as well as training and skills, and that volunteering had helped them take on
more responsibilities. ‘It’s good to get
your opinions listened to’ commented one of the volunteers.
If you’d like to influence the future, begin by
volunteering. More young volunteers are
needed on Management Committees, Youth Forums and in political settings.
If you’d like to get involved in volunteering
contact Causeway Volunteer Centre; visit the website www.causewayvc.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 02870358285.
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