My name is Jasmine, I am 17 years old, currently doing my A-levels. I volunteer with a young boy called Eden, helping him with his swimming.
I chose to volunteer with Me2 Club after they came in to do an assembly at my school, and I thought it would be really rewarding to be part of the charity and to help someone to take part in an activity which they would struggle to do on their own.
It has been amazing seeing how far Eden has come already with his swimming, and the improvement in his involvement with the group. But not only has this been helpful for Eden, it has also given me so many new skills which I’ve been able to talk about at university interviews and has helped me to receive offers from my top choices. I look forward to my volunteering each week, and it has been amazing to see how much Eden now enjoys his swimming lessons.
My name is Duncan and I volunteered with Me2 Club having heard about the difference they make for young people. I go with a 10 year old boy to Cubs every Wednesday.
At Cubs I am someone he can talk to and ask questions when he does not understand, or is struggling with a task. It has been amazing to see his determined attitude come through and I’m confident that he leaves each session having learnt a new skill, and I also learn a lot myself!
For me, going to Cubs with Marcus has been hugely rewarding, as every week I see him leave with a massive smile on his face. This is a fulfilling experience that I would recommend to anyone thinking about volunteering.
My name is Leah and I work as a 1:1 teaching assistant. I decided to join Me2 Club to gain experience with additional needs and have been a volunteer for 3 years. I was first matched with a young boy who needed support throughout his swimming lessons. I was there to make sure he was able to understand instructions. At the end of my time with him, he was able to carry out each instruction to the best of his ability and to interact with his peers confidently. Next, I was paired with a teenage girl, supporting her through boxcerise. She is now attending the activity independently.
I am now paired with a girl called Ellie, who attends guides. At the start, Ellie found it hard to stay on task and interact with her peers. Now, Ellie is doing an amazing job, she’s able to interact with her peers and becomes more independent by the minute. It’s such a pleasure being with Ellie, she is such a ray of sunshine and is making progress all the time.
Volunteering with Me2 Club gave me skills, passion and experience that I’ll have forever. Me2 Club is like the gift that keeps on giving, not only for the young people and their parents, but it also gives us volunteers such a positive and rewarding feeling.
My name is Hannah and I am a 19 year old undergraduate at the University of Reading. I decided to volunteer at Me2 Club because I wanted to gain experience and understanding of communicating with someone with additional needs, whilst developing a friendship with them.
I was matched with a girl called Courtney and I go with her to a Zumba class every week. Here, I am able to help Courtney feel more relaxed and confident in a different environment, as well as being someone she can laugh at when doing some dodgy dance moves.
It’s been an amazing experience seeing Courtney’s confidence and ability grow when repeating the same dance routines and being able to keep up with the instructor with ease. You can see both of our smiles grow as soon as the dancing has started. Overall, my favourite experience from volunteering is being able to get to know Courtney as a person and develop a friendship with her.
My name is Billy and I am currently studying towards my A-levels. I decided to volunteer with Me2 Club when I saw the difference they were making in the community. I am a Scout leader outside of Me 2 Club and saw the confidence given to young people, that allowed them to fully participate in activities and push themselves further every time.
I began swimming with my Me2 Club young person, Pierce in January 2017. During this time, I have seen a huge amount of progress. I have really seen Pierce develop in his activity and in social confidence over these few months. My being there, gives him the confidence he needs to try new things and let out his true personality – a happy, outgoing and sociable young man.
I would love to continue volunteering with Me 2 Club for the foreseeable future as, not only has it allowed Pierce to develop skills, it has allowed me to develop new skills as well. Volunteering with Me 2 Club showcases key skills that you possess to any future employers or university admissions tutors. To conclude, I would say Me 2 Club is the most fulfilling, rewarding and enjoyable start to my week and I wouldn’t change it for the world.
My name is Faith, and I have been working with Me2 Club for 6 years, I joined the charity when I was studying for my degree at Reading University and I was keen to engage in a range of different activities supporting children and adults. In my role I was matched with Kathryn, and together we attend Girl Guides.
I have watched Kathryn progress and develop over the years, and it is clear that the additional support has enabled her to become a more independent and confident young woman. Kathryn is able to interact with the girls, and they have taken a fond liking to her cheeky attitude. Kathryn knows her limits, and is comfortable taking a step back from certain activities – it never stops her enjoyment and fun-loving approach! Being the oldest member of the group, Kathryn now takes on a ‘helper’ role, and enjoys supporting the younger members.
Working with Me2 Club, and with my Girl Guides, has been an absolute pleasure. The hard work, commitment and fun that the staff demonstrate is one of the main reasons I have remained a volunteer for so long. The team are dedicated to the young people and their families, and their passion never ceases to amaze me. It is an honour to have been part of such a wonderful family, and I would whole-heartedly recommend the charity to families and volunteers alike.