Where do you volunteer and for how long have you been doing it?
I volunteer at a local Rainbows group in Hitchin and have been volunteering since I came back from university in February.
How did you get in to volunteering and what do you do?
I got into volunteering after my friend, who already volunteered for Rainbows, found out I was leaving University and asked if I’d like to help out. I help supervise and set up activities for the girls to enjoy together, including trips to the local allotment and weekly arts and crafts sessions.
What do you enjoy about your volunteer role? How does it benefit you?
I enjoy the role as it is a joy to see the girls succeed at making friendships and learn new skills. The volunteering benefits me because I feel part of something big; something that is making a real difference to children at such an impressionable age. I never did Rainbows as a child, but now seeing what the organisation does for girls, I will definitely send my children when the time comes.
I have always wanted to work with children and have considered teaching but have never felt confident enough. Rainbows allowed me to prove to myself that I can teach young children confidently. When I left university, I felt like I had very low self-esteem and was working with a blank slate with little direction. Volunteering for a local charity gave me some meaning to my week again, and made me feel part of a community. It gave me something to look forward to outside of my paid work.
What difference are you making by volunteering?
The difference made by volunteering for Rainbows is the ability to encourage girls to be ambitious and work alongside others to achieve any goal they want. It simply gives them a space to meet new friends.