Posted: 21 October 2014

A summer of opportunities: Volunteering in the church partnership team

What makes a great summer? My answer to this is quite simple: doing things that help others. That is exactly what I was up to for my 2014 summer break.

Supporting the church partnership team

In July I started volunteering at The Children’s Society with the Church Partnership team, in preparation for New Wine and Greenbelt Festivals. This was both an exciting and enriching experience. My genuine and profound passion for helping others was not only met, but I was also able to develop my self-esteem and independence, as well as the ability to be decisive and to have fun, which are key in everyday life. 

My role involved keeping track of everything that needed to be completed prior to the festivals. This included booking the van and transportation for some of the workers, sending emails and all the other fun stuff that you can imagine goes on in the office.

The first festival was New Wine, which took place in Somerset from the end of July. I helped on The Children’s Society stall and our accommodation was the cold camping fields. As well as staffing the stall at Greenbelt Festival in Kettering over the August bank holiday, I did a talk in the GTV tent on ‘How to beat the Bullies.’

Learning to lead

My summer did not end there. For the first week of September, I went to a Christian Union leader’s camp in Oswestry, organised by the University and Colleges Christian Fellowship (UCCF). The purpose of this was to equip the leaders with the skills and information needed to effectively run their Christian Unions. Luckily, I was able to escape camping on the field, (although not the camping food itself) and enjoyed the luxury of the indoor accommodation.

Meeting new people abroad

The following week I went with Suraya, Participation Manager at The Children’s Society, to the YES Forum Meeting in Stuttgart, Germany. The YES Forum is a network of organisations across Europe working with and for disadvantaged children and young people. This meeting was another big highlight of my summer, as I was able to meet and interact with different young people from three different countries. We came up with a fantastic project idea for the next exchange, which we later presented to the senior members of the Forum.

Overall, I would say that this summer was packed full of so many great opportunities and I am really looking forward to what summer 2015 has in store.

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