I am mak­ing such a dif­fer­ence to an­other young life... and I get the chance to be a kid again my­self!

Evening Times - - NEWS -

ISTARTED to vol­un­teer as I wanted to do some­thing pro­duc­tive with my evenings. I searched for op­por­tu­ni­ties on­line and I came across Vol­un­teer Glas­gow. The site was bril­liant. It felt like a one stop shop where I could search for an or­gan­i­sa­tion I was in­ter­ested in and top­ics that meant some­thing to me. Dur­ing my search I came across the Young Per­sons Be­friend­ing Ser­vice. It sounded amaz­ing! I could be a kid again and do fun ac­tiv­i­ties, but most im­por­tantly I would be able to see the im­pact my vol­un­teer­ing had first hand.

I got matched with my Young Per­son four years ago when they were shy, anx­ious, low in con­fi­dence and had trou­ble in school. In the past four years we have met up ev­ery week. We go to a café and have hot choco­late & cake. We go to the cin­ema or bowl­ing. We go for walks or play ten­nis in the lo­cal park. On spe­cial oc­ca­sions we save up and go to Stir­ling Cas­tle or Go Kart­ing. Dur­ing the past four years I have had great fun but I also have a great sense of pride and achieve­ment. I can see first hand the dif­fer­ence two hours of my time has made to a Young Per­son. As my Young Per­son is now a con­fi­dent teenager who is do­ing well at school and have a great group of friends.

I can’t wait to see what the next four years look like for us. SOPHIA AN­WAR

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