Posted: Thursday 1st June 2017
Do you have some time to support young people in Hertfordshire? To mark the National Week of Volunteering ( 1-7 June), Hertfordshire County Council is celebrating the contribution of people who volunteer already and encouraging others to get involved. Volunteering is a hugely rewarding experience and a fantastic opportunity to make a difference to people’s lives.
Adrian Whyle decided to volunteer after reflecting upon the difficulties he experienced in his own childhood. He realised that he succeeded in life due to the influence of inspiring adults who took the time to support him during his youth and encouraged him in his studies.
When he decided to give something back to his own community, youth mentoring felt like an obvious choice. He joined Hertfordshire County Council’s Safe Space mentoring scheme, which supports for young people aged 11-19 years who are experiencing a range of difficulties and who may be quite challenging, unmotivated and lacking in the confidence.
Watch Adrian talk about his experience of volunteering.
Adrian said: “My role as a mentor is to help young people bring about the changes they want to see in their lives. It is a great privilege to work with young people.
“The training is first class and it equips you to work with young people very quickly and this can be supplemented by further training. This has helped me work with young mentees in a style that reflects their needs and their capabilities.”
He explains that he receives excellent ongoing support from Hertfordshire County Council’s mentoring team. “If you get stuck there is always advice on the end of the phone and we meet on a quarterly basis. You can always bring an issue that you are struggling with to your discussion group and I have always found an answer.”
Volunteers make a big difference to individuals and communities in a number of ways, from improving the environment we live in, taking time out to spend with people who might otherwise be lonely or contributing to a range of other essential services and support.
For more information and to find a volunteering opportunity that works for you, go to www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/volunteering.
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