Why I am a young volunteer
My name is Abbie Jackson and I have been volunteering at Arran Youth Foundations for approximately seven months now. I help throughout the week at the various clubs that are run by AYF. Such as a Monday cooking club, Wednesday art club, Thursday youth forum and LGBT and a Friday night youth club for young people aged 12-18. I regularly attended the youth club when I was in high school and had always considered the possibility of becoming a youth leader. Through the encouragement of both Hollie Watkins and Graeme Johnston, the youth leaders, they have helped to make my transition from young member to youth volunteer comfortable and easy. I have used my experience that I have gathered over the past few years within the education spectrum to enhance my knowledge and expand my skill sets within the youth cabin. I continue to use my experience from different scenarios within the youth club to enhance my confidence. Throughout my experience within the youth club I have learnt how to be more patient and to consider all the outcomes from situations. I’ve gained knowledge in how to successfully approach situations and how to make the young folk benefit from their experiences. I would highly recommend people to come forward and volunteer as I believe my tie in the youth cabin has been worth it and I will continue to volunteer for as long as I can.