Age 13, Aberdeen, Scotland
When I was younger, I was very shy and introverted and I didn’t really speak up for myself. But when my mum volunteered to train as a leader for Rainbows four years ago, I offered to help out as I’d been a Rainbow before I moved up to Brownies and Guides. Now I can help younger girls in Rainbows who are quiet and shy like I used to be, encouraging them to come out of their shells.
Having volunteered since I was only nine, I now dedicate two evenings a week to helping out at Rainbows. I’m glad I can give something back to a club which helped me when I was younger. It’s sometimes difficult giving up so much time after school, especially if I have a lot of homework or school stuff on my mind. But when I’m tired, I just think about the girls that I work with and they give me the motivation to keep my energy levels up.
My experience working with the Rainbows means that, as I get older, potential employers will see that I’m trustworthy – I’d like to start working more with children soon.