Neeve, from Manchester volunteered as a photographer with Greater Manchester Youth Network as part of her Greater Manchester Talent Match journey.
Volunteering can be a great way of learning new skills and building confidence. The Greater Manchester Talent Match works closely with Talent Coaches to help them link their young people into suitable volunteering opportunities. With support from our Volunteering Development Worker, our Talent Coach at Breakthrough UK identified a great opportunity for Neeve to volunteer as a photographer.
What did your volunteering involve?
My volunteering involved photography during a workshop for voluntary youth organisations in Bury. The photos will help to record the outcomes of the session and will be used promote Greater Manchester Youth Network, Greater Manchester Talent Match and the job role of the Volunteering Development Officer.
What skills did you use or learn?
I used my photography skills, practicing with the perspective and timing of my shots.
What did you enjoy about the experience?
I enjoyed the fact I could put my skills to work and it's a good way to get better at something I love. I also got to work with and around new people.
Has anything changed as a result of your experience?
It has helped me work on my anxiety more and my issues with confidence by getting me out of my comfort zone.
Are you planning to do any more volunteering in the future?
Most likely. I wouldn't mind doing more voluntary work.
What would you say to anyone thinking about volunteering themselves?
I would say do it. It's a good way to get experience and get to know people without the pressure of work and it also gives back to the community.
Our Volunteering Development Worker is based at Greater Manchester Youth Network and works with volunteer-involving organisations to develop their capacity to support young volunteers who have barriers to employment. For more information, call 0161 274 3299.