'I would just encourage young people that no matter what volunteering opportunity comes your way, just pursue it to the fullest.'
Paige Sheerin, 16, is leading a group of teenagers from the Antrim area who have teamed up with Fixers to encourage young people to volunteer.
They believe that while older people often have the connections and know how to get started when it comes to helping others, young people don’t and are consequently missing out on fantastic experiences.
Their story was broadcast on UTV Live on November 9th.
The group of six decided to make a film with Fixers after a school trip which saw pupils visit communities in Romania that they had previously raised money for.
Daniella Timperley, 16, from Randalstown, said: ‘In June, seven of us went out with our school St Benedict’s College in Randalstown to Bacau in Romania and then we went on to another city there called Dorohoi.
‘We basically got to experience where the money we raised went to and we got to go and buy the supplies for all the families that we went to visit.’
Paige added: ‘Romania for me was totally and utterly life-changing. I had no volunteering experience whatsoever but when I came home it gave me the ambition and the determination to try to make a change’.
The group's Fixers film - which has not yet been completed - aims to show other young people how many opportunities exist to volunteer within local communities.
Daniella said: ‘We want to get the message out there that you don’t have to get onto a plane to make the world a better place.’
Gavin Connolly, Youth and Engagement Officer from Volunteer Now, said: ‘I think it’s a really important cause for young people to raise awareness about getting involved in volunteering.
‘A third of them every year are engaged in meaningful and purposeful volunteering which is impacting communities and benefiting them. It’s really inspiring’.
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