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As part of Volunteers Week 2014 we are showcasing some of our volunteers' amazing achievements. This year we are profiling volunteers who represent some of the more diverse volunteering roles we have within The Children’s Society.
Gary Hines supports our work in many ways, including running in support of our work (a photo of him running this year's London Bupa 10k is above).
Today, he answers our questions about being a volunteer speaker over the past seven months.
Find out about our volunteer speaker roles across the country.
Q: Why did you choose to volunteer with us?
A: I am extremely passionate for the cause it is something which is very close to me as I wanted to be a part of changing the lives of vulnerable children and young people in every aspect of life.
I have even faced some of the issues children and young people face today, so I have the experience of overcoming this.
What is a typical day of volunteering like?
A typical day would be working with my line manager, Louise, to prepare my talks I am going to do. I also travel to the venue, conduct my talk, then answer any questions people may have.
Ultimately, my goal is to raise awareness and future support for The Children's Society.
What have you enjoyed the most about volunteering with us?
Meeting so many different people in different roles and also seeing what a real difference The Children's Society makes to children and young people.
Was volunteering what you expected it to be?
Yes, 100%, if not better.
What have you gained from volunteering with us?
I have become more confident in speaking in front of audiences, and in my ability to do things.
What would you say to other people who are interested in volunteering with The Children’s Society?
Quite simply, it is an amazing place to volunteer.
Go for it 100%. Seriously, you meet so many amazing people out can get involved on so many different projects and events.
What are your three top tips for new volunteers?
- Network. Talk to as many people as you can and build your contact base.
- Always think of the difference you will make to so many vulnerable children and young people in England.
- Never miss out on any opportunities to do more.
Get involved in volunteering
We have over 11,000 volunteers supporting our services, and this is just one of the many ways you can get involved and help children, young people and their families.