#WhyIVolunteer:Vita's Story

Vita started volunteering over 8 years ago. She first volunteered with Aware as a support group facilitator for 3 years. These support groups are for individuals (or in some cases, relatives) who have experience of depression/anxiety, bipolar or related mood disorders. Vita really enjoyed this volunteer role as she possesses the enthusiasm and passion for the area of mental health. She also felt, she gained great experience and enhanced her facilitation skills.

Vita NVWVita thoroughly enjoys volunteering in her local community of Killorglin. She has actively volunteered with The Flavour of Killorglin and is a committee member of K-FEST. The Flavour of Killorglin event celebrated the culinary delights of Killorglin and the surrounding area, combining great food with events and entertainment for the local community and visitors alike. K-FEST, is a dynamic arts festival with an emphasis on emerging artists, which uses unoccupied spaces in Killorglin, Co. Kerry, transforming vacant retail outlets, deserted buildings, and even domestic homes into curated bespoke pop-up galleries and venues over the June Bank Holiday weekend.

Presently, Vita is facilitating personal development tutoring, supporting individuals to explore their life choices, ambitions and responsibilities. This form of facilitation offers ‘a place where you can learn to accept yourself and others more, and increase your self-confidence and well-being.’

Overall, Vita believes that ‘Volunteering is a beautiful relationship between developing new skills professionally and using it as a stepping stone for personal development. Volunteering has given me great satisfaction and has been of mutual benefit to myself and to the people I have supported.’ When Vita thinks of three words to describing volunteering she thinks of ‘Contribution, Growth and Development’.

Feeling inspired by Vita's #WhyIVolunteer story? Then why not click on this link to register your interest in Volunteering with Kerry Volunteer Centre toady!