Age 18, Hampshire
I used to be really shy. But that all changed when I started helping out at Southampton General Hospital. I soon realised how I could help others, and at the same time I became so much more confident, especially when it came to getting to know new people.
I’ve taken on quite a few activities at the Hospital, including volunteering in the wards, helping to mentor other students who have come to volunteer, and starting up an e-newsletter to keep everyone updated on the good work we’ve been doing at Southampton General. I even helped to develop another young person’s volunteer role in the Emergency Department.
Now I’m able to organise new volunteers and check and negotiate with the Volunteer Manager about what we’re able to do. It’s such a wonderful opportunity to start new initiatives and develop as a person at the same time.