Volunteer of the Month for June is……
What better way to celebrate the beginning of Volunteers’ Week than announce our latest Volunteer of the Month award-winner?!
Our Volunteer of the Month Awards celebrate the outstanding contribution of young volunteers across the country.
Without further ado, introducing our Volunteer of the Month winner for June…
Hayley Mitchell, 17, from Chorley has been volunteering since she was 13. She currently volunteers as a Gymnastic coach, whilst studying at Runshaw college.
Young children with an interest in gymnastics are able to learn the correct, safe way to execute moves and Hayley uses her expertise to help young people get healthy exercise, learn discipline and walk away with a positive outlook on life.
Her nominator said: “Hayley is a deeply caring student who is always keen to help and is a positive role model for others.”
Meet the winner!
Congratulations Hayley! How does it feel to win Volunteer of the Month?
I’m honoured. I didn’t think I did as much as some of the other people on vInspired so it was a bit of a shock when I found out!
In what ways to do you feel you’ve made a difference to others?
I like to think I help kids enjoy the sport. I’m especially proud that last month for my first competition as a coach every single one of the girls in my group got a medal. They all have the potential – I just help them show their talent.
What do you enjoy most about volunteering?
I enjoy the smiles on my groups faces when they leave the gym. It just gives me that warm feeling inside and makes me feel proud to know they are happy because of something I did.
How do you feel volunteering has changed you?
Volunteering has made me realise how much selfless acts can make you feel happy. I am friends with all the other coaches at the gym and have learnt how to support many new skills. Volunteering takes up a large chunk of my week but I don’t even care because it is something I enjoy doing.
What do you think are the positive things that young people have to offer society?
I think the more young people volunteer, the better society could be. vInspired can get young people involved. Not only does volunteering look good on CVs and job applications but you can volunteer in an area you are passionate about.
The 3 best things about volunteering are…
1. Making a difference
2. Helping other people love something I am passionate about.
3. You can volunteer for almost anything, it never gets boring.
Has a young volunteer you work with made an outstanding contribution that has gone above and beyond what was expected of them?
They could be our next Volunteer of the Month!
Find out more on how to apply and our full criteria over on our website.