YOUR VOL­UN­TEER

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

Name: Ben Hicks. Which char­ity do you vol­un­teer for?: Friends for Leisure – I vol­un­teer for the Mac­cles­field Youth Group. Bio: I’m an eigh­teen-yearold stu­dent cur­rently study­ing in my last year of A-Lev­els. Hop­ing to do Physics with Astro­physics at Leeds Univer­sity. I have a part-time job as a waiter at the Dean­wa­ter ho­tel in Wilm­slow and I en­joy play­ing squash. What in­spired you to start do­ing this?: I ini­tially started vol­un­teer­ing for FFL for my DofE Gold award, but quickly af­ter join­ing I knew that I would want to con­tinue the vol­un­teer­ing work long af­ter my DofE was fin­ished. What do you en­joy most about do­ing this?: Watch­ing the young peo­ple grow in con­fi­dence and char­ac­ter, see­ing them laugh­ing with us and com­ing out of their shell more and more each week. This goes es­pe­cially for one of my mates who I was in­tro­duced to via FFL, who I meet up with al­most ev­ery week now. What are your great­est achieve­ment/s?: Pass­ing my driv­ing test and get­ting five A stars and six A grades at GCSE. Any plans for the fu­ture?: Study Physics with Astro­physics at Leeds, af­ter trav­el­ling for a bit. Where is your favourite place in Mac­cles­field?: I’m Poyn­ton born and bred so I don’t know Mac­cles­field well. Ideally how would you spend ev­ery day?: In the sea some­where along the Welsh or Cor­nish coast, ei­ther surf­ing or kayak­ing. What was the best hol­i­day you have been on?: A road trip around the west coast of Amer­ica, stretch­ing from Route 66 to San Fran­cisco. If money was no ob­ject what would you do?: Buy an is­land in the Mal­dives. What one piece of ad­vice would you give?: Don’t do your driv­ing test in Mac­cles­field, there are too many round­abouts. What is your biggest in­spi­ra­tion?: Mu­sic, specif­i­cally songs that tell a story. Who would you like to in­vite to din­ner?: The pan­el­lists from ‘Mock the Week’ and Gor­don Ram­say, both the food and the con­ver­sa­tion would be leg­endary.

CHESHIRE-East based char­ity Friends for Leisure has launched a cam­paign to re­cruit more male volun- teers. Friends for Leisure is in crit­i­cal need of male vol­un­teers, cur­rently 49 young peo­ple are left with­out a vol­un­teer be­frien­der due to the lack of male vol­un­teers (of course we wel­come all ap­pli­cants — not just male).

Friends for Leisure is 22 years old this year and through­out this time have been sup­port­ing dis­abled young peo­ple to ac­cess friend­ship and leisure ac­tiv­i­ties.

Dis­abled young peo­ple are con­tin­u­ally iso­lated from ac­tiv­i­ties and friend­ships and Friends for Leisure be­lieves that ev­ery­one needs a friend!

The ba­sic re­quire­ments to be­come a Friends for Leisure vol­un­teer be­frien­der are to be 16 years old and up­wards, friendly and en­thu­si­as­tic. The ma­jor­ity of our be­frien­ders sup­port young peo­ple to ac­cess sports groups, gyms, on­line gam­ing, meals out, cinema etc. This wouldn’t cost you any money—just your time!

Friends for Leisure would love to hear from any­body who would like to give their time to sup­port a dis­abled young per­son in their lo­cal com­mu­nity.

You can call us on 01260 275333, visit our web­site www.friends­for­leisure.org.uk or email abi@friends­for­leisure.org. uk.

Ben Hicks

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