Young Aylesbury man urges first-time jobseekers to gain skills for life by volunteering

January 4, 2017 11:45 am    

A youFixers volunteering - Andrew Boothng man from Aylesbury says he has volunteering to thank for getting himself onto the career ladder.

Restaurant manager Andrew Booth, 19, wants to encourage other first-time jobseekers to volunteer so he has teamed up with Fixers, the charity that gives young people a voice.

Working with the charity, Andrew has made a short film to get his message across that volunteering can reap huge benefits.

I think many people believe that volunteering is a waste of time, but if they saw the benefits they might be persuaded to get involved. Not only do I feel as though I’m making a difference, but I’ve also grown in confidence. Voluntary work can equip people with skills for life, but also make them more employable too. I’m working with Fixers to show the value of volunteering and encourage more people to give it a go.

To watch the film Andrew made with Fixers, click here.   

It shows how Andrew got his restaurant manager position after working with the elderly and children with disabilities in a voluntary capacity.

“Volunteering gave me the experience I lacked and boosted my self-confidence,” adds Andrew.  “It also enabled me to engage with people on a personal level.”

He thinks many young people shy away from volunteering because it’s unpaid.

In school I’d sometimes get asked ‘why are you doing it if you don’t get paid?’, but it’s not about the money – it’s about putting a smile on someone’s face. People do their hobbies without getting paid. This is my hobby and it can make you a lot more employable too. It makes me feel like I’m doing something worthwhile. Like I’m making people feel better about themselves.

Fixers Young Person’s Coordinator, Wesley Erpen, said: “Andrew really got engaged with the idea that young people should volunteer.

“I’ve spoken to numerous people in Aylesbury, who say that he is a leading example when it comes to helping others.”

Andrew completed his voluntary work with Aylesbury Youth Action, a charity which provides opportunities for young people aged 14 to 24 to volunteer in the community. His Fixers project was supported by Heart of Bucks.

Fixers works with young people aged 16-25 across the UK by providing them with professional resources to help them campaign on issues they feel strongly about.

The charity has helped almost 20,000 youngsters across the UK to have a voice in their community on issues such as cyber-bullying, self-harm, suicide or transphobia.

For more information or to make a donation to fund more Fixer projects, visit www.fixers.org.uk

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