YOUR VOL­UN­TEER

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

Name: Faye Ro­nan. Which or­gan­i­sa­tion are you in­volved with? Just Drop-In – the Mac­cles­field-based char­ity that sup­ports young peo­ple. How did you be­come a vol­un­teer? Back in 2011, I had left univer­sity and wanted to build my ex­pe­ri­ence in work­ing with young peo­ple. I found out about Just Drop-In via another vol­un­teer. Three years on I’m now work­ing here full-time. I’ve re­cently gone back to uni part-time to do my Masters de­gree in youth and com­mu­nity work. Vol­un­teer­ing has changed my life. What is your favourite place in Mac­cles­field? My home! I love where I live and my home com­forts. Ide­ally how would you spend ev­ery day? Do­ing the things that make me happy: work­ing with young peo­ple, see­ing my fam­ily and friends, learn­ing new things – ev­ery­thing I’m do­ing now! What has been your best hol­i­day? I went to Cyprus in 2013 for a friend’s wed­ding; it was bril­liant to spend time away for such a joy­ful oc­ca­sion. It was a beau­ti­ful place which cre­ated trea­sured mem­o­ries. If money was no ob­ject what would you do? I would make sure ev­ery­one had some­where to go at the end of the day, and pro­vide homes to those who don’t have one. If only money was no ob­ject. On a more prac­ti­cal ba­sis, at Just Drop-In we help young peo­ple work through is­sues such as debt, bud­get­ing and find­ing out what ben­e­fits they’re en­ti­tled to. It’s great when we can make a real dif­fer­ence to a young per­son’s life. What one piece of ad­vice would you give? Find some­one to talk to who will lis­ten. We all need to talk about things that are im­por­tant to us and some­times it can seem like there’s no-one there to lis­ten, but there al­ways is some­one. That’s cen­tral to the vol­un­teer­ing work at Just Drop-In. Young peo­ple can come in and be lis­tened to. Talk­ing makes such a dif­fer­ence. What was your first job? I worked as a wait­ress on a hog roast for about a year when I was in school. I re­ally en­joyed it. What is on your CD / MP3 player? A swap be­tween Arc­tic Mon­keys and my part­ner’s mix of house mu­sic. What is your favourite TV show? Past TV shows it was House MD or Charmed, re­cently The Miss­ing on BBC1 and I couldn’t wait for the new se­ries of Broad­church to start. What are you read­ing at the mo­ment? A mix­ture of youth work books in relation to my stud­ies. What is your big­gest in­spi­ra­tion? Fam­ily. Hav­ing peo­ple around me who love, care and support me is a won­der­ful thing and makes me feel very lucky. Who would you like to in­vite to din­ner? The Back­street Boys. I’ve loved them since I was about eight and they would have to be top of my in­vite list.

●● Faye Ro­nan

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