Encouraging others to try volunteering, a group from Rhydyfelin in Pontypridd are showing the benefits of getting more involved in local communities.
Led by 16-year-old Amy Benjamin, the team want others to understand what there is to gain from helping out.
‘The benefits of volunteering include socialising, making new friends and putting a smile on people’s faces,’ explains Amy, on behalf of the group.
‘It gives me something to do in my free time and it makes me feel proud to support the community. It also provides an opportunity for young, old or isolated people to get involved.
‘You can volunteer in hundreds of ways – whether it be helping out in a community garden, washing off graffiti, litter picking, setting up a community group or supporting your local food bank.’
With Fixers, the group, who have experience of volunteering, have helped create a film in the style of a dramatic movie trailer.
Depicting volunteers as action heroes on a mission, it encourages others to help build a better world.
Watch Amy and her team’s Fixers film ‘The Volunteers’ at the top of this page.
‘When we were shown the finished product for the first time it was better than I could have possibly imagined,’ Amy says.
‘The filming went really well.
‘I hope it is seen by as many people as possible, particularly those individuals currently too afraid to take the first step.’
Local volunteering organisation Interlink, Newydd Housing and a radio station have already shown an interest in the group’s campaign.
‘Hopefully, by raising awareness of the benefits of volunteering, we will inspire others to get involved,' Amy adds.
‘They can become their own community superheroes.’
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Emily Richardson is also showing the value of volunteering.
Watch her Fixers film.