Childline Digital Support Volunteer
- Health and wellbeing
My name is Leia Wilmot, I am in my final year of my undergraduate degree studying Food Science and Health. I volunteer as a scout leader/Scouter at my local scout group, 3rd Limerick Rathkeale. I work with other scouters to run meetings and plan events for young people aged 6-17 years.
I started my scouting journey at the age of 9 when I joined the Cub scouts at my local group in West Limerick. At weekly meetings I played games, learned various skills and go to outdoor events like hikes and camping. I made lots of friends through scouting, and I was given opportunities I may not have gotten elsewhere. Some include, leadership training, competing in national competitions and being a representative for the county.
When I turned 18, I was able to train to be a Scouter. I decided to complete my training as I reflected on all the valuable skills and knowledge that I had gained on my scouting journey. I wanted to give back to my group and provide the young people in my area with the skills and knowledge that I had equipped as a young scout. Supporting young people in achieving their goals, big or small, is something that I have wanted to be a part of.
Being a volunteer can be rewarding in many ways. You meet people from all walks of life which can make long lasting friends. The skills and experiences you gain through volunteering are like no other. It’s a great way to give back and support your community by just giving your time, you don’t need to be an expert to get involved with an organisation. It is also a great outreach to have during your studies, it allows you to take a break and focus on a great cause.
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