After seeing the benefits it's had on her own life, Emily Richardson from Middlesbrough is showing young people how volunteering can help them too.
The 25-year-old thinks offering time to good causes can equip those her age with valuable skills and have a positive impact on others.
Emily, who is now a full-time Volunteer Coordinator at the Unicorn Centre, a charity offering riding therapy to disabled people, explains:
'It has helped me to gain vital experience and also increased my confidence.
‘Now supporting other volunteers, I can relate to their stories because I’ve been there myself.
‘Volunteering isn’t just about helping yourself – you can change other people’s lives too, which is what this campaign aims to show.’
With Fixers, Emily and her team, who all help out at the Unicorn Centre, have produced a short film.
Featuring interviews with the group, the short piece encourages others to take up volunteering.
Watch their Fixers film 'I Volunteer' at the top of this page.
‘It’s a really well-made film, which portrays the message perfectly,’ says Emily.
‘We wanted to show how volunteering can improve your confidence and allow you to make a difference to someone else.’
Keen to get their message across to young people in the region, the group plan to share the film on social media and in local secondary schools.
Emily explains: ‘It’s important that everyone understands how crucial this is, which is why we’re targeting schools and colleges with our campaign.
‘Volunteering definitely helped me to get a job, but it’s more than that. I feel satisfied knowing I’ve helped others along the way.
‘My message is to give volunteering a go. It can change more lives than your own.’
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