“I received an email regarding a new charity shop in Sligo who are looking for volunteers. At first, I was a bit hesitant to put myself forward as I was not sure if I could commit to the role and focus at the same time on my coursework and other college activities that I was involved in. I decided to get out of my comfort zone and challenge myself anyway.
I started off doing 2-4 hours a week after my lectures, depending on how much free time I had. Eventually, there were days where I found myself staying for another hour or two just because I enjoy volunteering there. I enjoy working with people who are always full of energy and chat. I also enjoy the interesting news and stories that customers, both the locals and tourists, bring into the shop with them. It is always nice to hear how people are getting on, hearing about their plans for the holidays etc. I found myself to be more committed than I first expected, and I even organised a successful “Pop-up Shop” recently in my college, IT Sligo.
I have been a volunteer for 6 months now and it is very rewarding to see that for a few hours a week, I am doing something that is beneficial to both myself and the community that I am a part of. I encourage everyone who has a few hours to spare, to volunteer or help out in their community, in their own little ways”.
Anna Pauline Minguez, 19, Student, Coolaney, Co. Sligo.