Can you tell me what made you think about volunteering in the first place?

I had been thinking about it for a while and was looking for something to do in the evenings. Then I got made redundant and it gave me the opportunity to do something about it.

Many years ago I helped a friend with her child (who had a disability) and I really enjoyed it. Time passed by but I always thought I’d like to work with young people and then I had the time to do something about it.

Why did you choose to volunteer at BLGC?

I have driven past it many times, run past it, walked past it and so I went on your website out of curiosity really and then I spoke to family and friends who had connections with the Club and so I went forward with it.

How did you find the training?

It prepared me. I trained as a mentor but whilst waiting to be matched you gave me the opportunity to volunteer in the Club and I’ve loved it.  I feel as though I’m part of a team and there are lots of young people that need help.  I love the busyness of the Club.

What activities do you do with young people?

I play pool, badminton, help with boxing and lots of sporty activities. For example, I help the girls and boys in the ring and we have little competitions to keep them involved, and generally supporting the Boxing Coach.

Sometimes it’s just about having a chat with a child.

What would you say to someone who is a bit nervous about volunteering with young people?

I’d just say go for it, I really would. Sometimes you need a bit of a push to try something new.  Give it a try.  Unless you give it a go you will never know it is for you.

What do you get out of volunteering?

I thrive under pressure and love being with the kids. I’ve never really worked with kids before.  I was working in the construction industry before I got made redundant, but I love it.  I would like to get paid work with children and young people so this is giving me lots of experience.

You help the children let off steam and get involved with all the different activities and meet their friends.