As the end of the school year is coming to a close, we want to know what our volunteers will be getting up to over the summer and of any future plans.
Over the next few weeks I’ll be talking to volunteers and finding out what they’re getting up to!
First up is Paul, a very dedicated volunteer who was with us for 1 year and is going on to have a very exciting summer in America. Read on to find out his plans and how Success4All have helped him get there.
‘I discovered Success4All when I signed up to volunteer with SCAN. Information was then provided on several projects that required volunteers for me to consider. Success4All appealed to me because of their aim to work in areas of low academic achievement and to engage, equip and empower the young people they worked with to build a successful future. That Success4All believed in young people learning from each other was important to me and it showed that they gave their volunteers a lot of responsibility.
My experience with Success4All was very enjoyable. All of the staff, other volunteers and the children were very welcoming and the program was flexible, allowing me to volunteer around my other commitments. Working with the young people in a friendly atmosphere different to mainstream education was very interesting. Getting to know all of the young people as individuals and developing their skills to help them succeed was rewarding.
Currently, I am working to promote a government funded youth development program. My experience with Success4All has been invaluable, as it enabled me to join a team that consisted of qualified youth workers and former teachers, demonstrating that the skills are recognised by employers. This summer, I have the opportunity to live and work in America on a summer camp. This role is more hands on that my current role, as I will be leading activities with children aged between 7-16. Again, my experience with Success4All has been instrumental to me getting the position as it allowed me to develop my skills.’