As part of volunteers’ week, we are sharing blog posts from young people and professionals. Our first blog is from Jamie, a young person from Scunthorpe who used our Project Support offerings to give his start up, The Well Minds Project, a helping hand.
Written By: Jamie Pugh, 17 year old from Scunthorpe.
In June, 2015 I began my journey as an NSPCC Youth Participator – it involved me attending many events including discussions with influential MPs, NSPCC trustees and I even got to meet the incredible Dame Esther Rantzen.
When I began volunteering, I had no idea just how drastically my life would change through my participation in wonderful charities such as the NSPCC. In March, 2016 I even got the chance to appear on BBC Two’s Victoria Derbyshire which was a terrifying, but spectacular experience.
I’ve met a lot of incredible young people and adults throughout my time with the NSPCC and it has equipped me with the skills, experience and knowledge to set up my own mental health organisation. Volunteering has given me invaluable experience and skills and it has given me incredible confidence to speak to large groups of people, fight for what I believe in and ultimately, it’s given me a burning passion to help others.
Since the New Year began, I’ve had doors unlock and blast wide open for me. I’ve recently began working with the North Lincolnshire Youth Council, the local Samaritans branch, a local charity shop and I’ve even set up The Well Minds Project – a mental health organisation which aims to educate mental health in schools and colleges.
All the skills I’ve been able to put into my recent work is thanks to the NSPCC. Volunteering isn’t just about getting experience. It’s vital to get a volunteer placement which will benefit you somehow, whether it be confidence building or just getting you out of the house more during the summer. Volunteering is so crucial to a young person, especially in a country where colleges, universities and employers look for experience and skills which can all be gained through volunteering.
You’d be surprised at how many volunteer opportunities are lurking around in even the smallest towns and villages. If you have a charity shop local to you, they’re more than likely looking for volunteers.
Being a volunteer has changed my life. It has allowed me to visit some wonderful locations, speak to some inspirational and incredible people, meet some truly amazing young people and make huge changes.
Volunteering is one of the best things you can do as a young person.
It will change your life.
Jamie took advantage of Project Support, allowing young people to start their own social projects simply and easily. Find out more.