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.
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