Volunteer Week – Traci’s Story

Volunteer Week – Traci’s Story

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It’s Volunteer Week 2018 and we want to celebrate all the fantastic work that volunteers do for Sheffield Futures. From supporting young people in our youth clubs, to helping adults in the Job Shop, to chatting with the group that attend our Well Being Cafe, to fundraising, our volunteers graciously give their time, effort, energy and more! We couldn’t do it without you, so thank you!

This week, we want to share the personal stories from our volunteers, letting you know how they got involved, who they help and who’s benefited!

Today, we have Traci’s story to share with you. Traci has been volunteering at one of our youth clubs for over a year now! This is her story…

 

 

I have been volunteering for Sheffield Futures, at Wincobank Village Hall Youth Club, for about a year now. I had always wanted to work with young people and, living so close by, I invested some time researching whether or not they would be holding a youth club there, when the Village Hall was opened. I was put in touch with Sheffield Futures at Star House where I went for an informal meeting to discuss what they were looking for and what I was hoping to get out of it.

Previously, I volunteered as an Appropriate Adult but at that time, about a year ago, I felt I wanted to be more involved in the “fun” aspect of working with young people. Since then, I have volunteered at Wincobank Youth Club once a week and I have got to know the local young people who come on a regular basis and, although I have now moved out of the area, I still try to get there when I can. 

We have lots of discussions about how these young people get on at school and at home, what they like to get up to in their spare time whilst listening to music and playing board games and computer games (and eating sweets). 

I would recommend volunteering with young people to anyone who wants to make a difference. Just be there to listen because, sometimes, that’s all they want. 

 

If you want to make a difference and get involved with volunteering, you can find all our opportunities here!

Check back tomorrow to read another amazing and inspiring story!

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