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Hi! My name is Julie and I’m a volunteer worker for Hull YFC. I’ve been doing voluntary work for Hull YFC for three years. I’ve had so many rewards from voluntary work it is easy to say why it’s such a worthwhile thing to do.

Dedicating time as a volunteer helps you make new friends, expand your network, and boost your social skills. Volunteering allows you to connect to your community and make it a better place and also can provide a healthy boost to your self-confidence, self-esteem, and life satisfaction. And the better you feel about yourself, the more likely you are to have a positive view of your life and future goals. A risk factor for depression is social isolation; volunteer work keeps you in regular contact with others and helps you develop a solid support system just as it has for me. While some people are naturally outgoing, others are shy and have a hard time meeting new people. Volunteering gives you the opportunity develop your social skills, since you are meeting regularly with a group of people around common interests.

Knowing I’m doing good for others and the community provides me with a sense of accomplishment. My role as a volunteer also gives me a sense of pride and identity. What’s more, although I dropped out of school in my early teens, in the last 3 years I have I’ve gained a City and Guilds level 3 Working with Parents, Paediatric First Aid course level 1,Safeguarding Children: Awareness and Response, level 1 and Working With Prisoners’ Families, level 1.

I fully enjoy the work I do with Hull YFC and am so grateful for the opportunities they have given me. Being involved with Hull YFC has given me a stronger faith; I have learnt to forgive, which has meant I was able to move on from a difficult situation. Through Hull YFC I have a fantastic support network and have met and made lots of friends.

Thank you all xx

What some of the breakfast club punters-turned-volunteers had to say:

‘I feel like I’m giving something back’. Vicki

‘I like to help out at Breakfast Club because its good to help with the children and also it’s giving me work experience which will be helpful when I try to get a job.’ Tyler