24th Jan 2018 - Volunteering to make a difference to a child in school
Neath Port Talbot Volunteer Centre share this story.
Ben had been taken out of mainstream classes in school as his behaviour was inappropriate. This meant that he was not having social interaction with his peers and he was becoming isolated. A volunteer, David, gave 2-3 hours a week of his time each week to support the young boy. Together they engaged in social activities e.g. bowling, go-karting and golf. David provided a listening ear for Ben, who was able to off-load in a safe, confidential environment.
During the 6 months support that David provided, we saw Ben grow in confidence and start to feel better about himself. Having a role model resulted in Ben becoming more mature and he was able to handle challenging situations better. As a result of this, Ben was integrated back into mainstream classes and he was able to sustain appropriate relationships with his peers.
David told us that through volunteering he developed his own skills such as listening, communication and patience. He also told us that Ben had taught him so much and he now wishes to be an advocate for young people. He recognises how young people can offer something unique and wants to encourage them and see that they have an amazing, positive impact on our society.
David went on to secure employment working with young people.