Volunteering: Helping the Community

Volunteering in any way, shape or form in my opinion is a great idea!

Why you may ask…?

Voluntary work gets you out of the house for a morning or a afternoon each week. It also helps you gain skills and make new friends while enhancing your CV at the same time. What’s not to love?!

I started my volunteering while I was doing my Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award. I was also at Cancer Research UK, where I learnt how to use a till, deal with price stock and most importantly, make tea! OK, the last one was a bit too straight forward! :-). As a bonus you volunteering for a charity is also helping to raise money for that charity.

I also volunteer within a youth organisation and I think it is very rewarding experience. Currently I am an Assistant Beaver and Cub Leader in two Scout Groups, where I plan meetings for each series. With the Beavers and Cubs receiving their badge at the end of each series of meetings. I get a real sense of achievement from doing this and so too do the Beavers and Cubs themselves.

In June 2015, I started volunteering at Hitchin Fire station, where I go out with the crews assisting with various patrols during the Summer and Autumn months.

In summary, giving what you can makes a huge difference in the world of volunteering. I would recommend it to anyone, employed or unemployed!

Beavers and Scouting: an overview

Other than my photography interests, I am also involved in Scouting. I have been in the movement since I was a Beaver myself and moved up through the movement since then. I am now an ABL (Assistant Beaver Leader) and also an ACL (Assistant Cub Leader).

I started Beavers and Scouting volunteering as a leader in 2013. Since then, it has made a huge difference to my life.

I do believe Scouting can help young people gain new skills, these can be as simple as learning how to tie a knot and learning how to read a map. I know in this modern age, people use Google-maps/Sat-Nav etc, but I feel that these skills are very important for the outside world. It can also boost a child’s self-esteem and confidence.

I lead and plan a series of meetings on the “Disability Awareness” badge which I started off in the first meeting saying:

“I wouldn’t believe I could have sat down with a group of children and speak  to them about a subject, without being in Scouting”.

Since being involved in Beavers and Scouting, I have become a more well-rounded person and also more aware of the environment surrounding me.