The third #WhyIVolunteer story we will share with you as part of our National Volunteering Week program is Rebecca's. Kerry Volunteer Centre met Rebecca at an outreach student event in Tralee Institute of Technology. As a Social Care student, she felt it was important to develop professional links and gain experience within the sector before she qualifies. Thus she registered with Kerry Volunteer Centre and with the support of the Placement Team is now Volunteering!
Volunteering has been a really positive experience for Rebecca. She volunteers with St. John’s of God’s and supports children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Rebecca teaches basic computer skills using NALA programming to help individuals with their numeracy and literacy skills. ‘I find it really rewarding, at the start it proved a bit challenging. However, I got support from other staff members and now each week I can see progression. It builds my own confidence, both of us are learning and growing at the same time. I now feel more self-assured in my abilities and hope to volunteer in other areas of social care.’
Rebecca has also found volunteering to be a useful addition for her CV “I will mention volunteering on my CV, it’s a good way to learn new skills and gain valuable work experience. It’s my first step on the career ladder and I feel I have learnt so much. It’s also a great way to meet potential employers. ’Overall, Rebecca has found volunteering to be ‘Rewarding – Enjoyable and Fulfilling. It’s going great and I love it.’
Feeling inspired by Rebecca’s Volunteering story? Then why not click on this link to register your interest in Volunteering with Kerry Volunteer Centre toady!