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Posted On: 4th May 2018

Volunteering Matters

Olivia wants to show the benefits of volunteering
Olivia volunteers at the Egypt Centre
Olivia's film is aimed at young people and organisations

A teenager from Swansea wants to show how many benefits volunteering can have for both individuals and businesses.


17-year-old Olivia Rees has been volunteering for the past three years and says it has helped her develop soft skills and gain paid employment.  


She has teamed up with Fixers and created a film to show people what you can gain from taking on a volunteer or becoming one yourself.


She says: 'I started volunteering when I was 14 and probably would have got involved with it sooner if there were more opportunities. 


'I volunteer most Saturdays at the Egypt Centre museum as a gallery assistant. I talk to visitors, go through activities with them and I can give tours if they ask me to. 


'I've found it has been very useful for me in terms of getting jobs and it has helped my social skills. I have a paid job as a waitress now and volunteering helped me with the interview process, because I could give them examples of my experience in different fields.


'I want to show people that the benefits they'll get from volunteering are worth giving up their time for.' 



In the Fixers film, Olivia explains the skills a voluntary role can help you gain. 


'Experience is the biggest and best reason to volunteer, the part where you learn the basics of any job like organising, time keeping and people skills,' she says.


'You can also meet new friends and discover new opportunities. You can boost your self-confidence and self-esteem by learning to do something productive.' 


The film also makes the case that organisations can benefit by gaining someone who will bring a lot of enthusiasm to the role, as well as the fulfilment that comes with teaching someone new skills.


She says: 'I hope it increases awareness, especially for businesses and shows that they can create opportunities and it's not particularly difficult. If you're an organisation, start small and look at taking on one volunteer for a small role.' 


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Author: Molly Kersey


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