‘Young peo­ple need to help out’

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FOCUS -

A COM­MU­NITY stal­wart thinks that peo­ple should vol­un­teer as it gives them a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive on life.

Peter Healy runs the Holmer Green Vil­lage Cen­tre, car­ries out mar­ket­ing and re­search for Amer­sham Mu­seum, runs a com­mu­nity web­site for Holmer Green and helps to run the drama group Holmer Green Play­ers.

Mr Healy said: “Vol­un­teer­ing gives you a feel­ing that you have done some­thing for the com­mu­nity or some­thing that you re­ally love, like a char­ity. I think that a lot of vol­un­teers are now get­ting older and from my ob­ser­va­tion there are less younger peo­ple com­ing for­ward to vol­un­teer.

“I am sure that most peo­ple could give a few hours a month if they re­ally wanted to.

“My mum and dad used to vol­un­teer, so I come from a fam­ily of vol­un­teers.

“Peo­ple of­ten say that vol­un­teers are so

'FAM­ILY OF VOL­UN­TEERS: Peter Healy ded­i­cated, but it is be­cause we don’t want to see the so­ci­eties fail.”

Mr Healy, who has vol­un­teered for 30 years, added: “Even be­ing in a char­ity shop on a Satur­day can mean that you are not think­ing about your job and the 7am Mon­day morn­ing start. I think in Bucks es­pe­cially, we live in a pres­surised area.”

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