Volunteering with Worktree has helped me realise the positive impact I can make” – Yvonne Owuor, NHBC

by | Oct 1, 2019 | News, Volunteer Story

“I have been a Major Projects Advisor at the NHBC for just over 3 years now and I am also a 2018 Women Leaders Award winner who is a Humanitarian and a CSR enthusiast”.

“I have been involved with Worktree since 2017 and I chose to volunteer as I knew that by doing it, I would be one step further into inspiring a young person’s life to better themselves for the future. I feel that it is important for the youth to know that we care about them and that anyone can be anything they wish to be. Volunteering has great well-being benefits not just for me but in to the society I live in too”.

“I have attended St Paul’s School, Oakgrove School and the YMCA on various occasions where I have mentored quite a number of youth. A career workout session helps the youth to make future career decisions. These young people generally wanted to know what my role was and how I got into it. They also wanted to know about the people skills required to get into a job, the importance of personal development, how to prepare for interviews, previous work experiences and the level of education I held. The best thing about it is that there are no right or wrong answers and you are free to speak to them with no judgement whatsoever”.

“I believe that the best thing you can do in your life is to give back, as you will be amazed at the gratitude you receive when you give hope to another person. Volunteering with Worktree has helped me realise the positive impact I can make in the lives of these youth. Just knowing that I have planted a positive seed in a young boy or girls mind gives a great sense of satisfaction to both myself and the youth. These experiences have made me value my experiences more and have led me to increase my self confidence in the works that I do”.

“I wish to encourage diversity in volunteers from all walks of life to get involved with Worktree. This is because the inclusion of more BAME individuals occupying these volunteer roles will provide young people from underrepresented ethnic minority communities with positive role models to look up to. A workout session is quite easy and you will get to meet other amazing people. You just have to be yourself, have fun and remember how you were like when you were at that age. The kids are a diverse mix of characters and ethnicities with some extroverted, introverted, shy, curious and funny and it is vital for a diverse volunteer pool to go out and encourage them to remember that a career like mine is possible for you too”.

If you would like to volunteer in a one-hour Career WorkOut session, go to www.worktree.org/events

 

 

 

 

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