I have recently started volunteering at my local Rainbows, and for those who don’t know what Rainbows is, it is a girl guiding group for ages 5-7 which meet up weekly to do challenges and earn badges. I myself used to be a Rainbow and I enjoyed going so much that I came back seven years later as a young leader to help the kids have just as much fun as I did.
I have not been volunteering at Rainbows for very long, I started volunteering as part of my Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award and although I have not finished my three months of volunteering yet, I am sure that even after this time I will still carry on Volunteering here as it is so rewarding to see the little kids walking out with smiles on their faces. Every week we do new challenges and fun games, last week we set up a scavenger hunt in the park for the kids to find items and tick them off their list.
I definitely think that everyone should give volunteering a go, because if you think it will be boring you are wrong you will meet so many wonderful and caring people who are going out of their way to make others happy, also no matter where you volunteer you will get so much out of it knowing you are making a difference to other people’s lives. I was a little scared when I first started Rainbows but luckily for me my friend also wanted to volunteer at the Rainbows, and I think having a friend there to do it with you makes the experience much less nerve-racking. Volunteering has also helped me gain confidence and build my people skills.
If this volunteering goes well I would maybe like to try working at a charity shop, as one of my friends does this and really enjoys working there; some of the things they do there sound really fun as she said that they recently did a charity fashion show, which I would have loved to have been involved in.
I hope that you have enjoyed reading my first article and it has possibly inspired you to give volunteering a try, you never know you may even like it!