Two of our youth volunteers share their experiences volunteering at the Information Centre
On the 20th of August I began a new challenge. It was my first day of volunteering in my local park. I attentiveley peered down at google maps in my attempt to find the information centre, from which my volunteering would be based. Despite spending 5 years in, around and round about Crystal Palace, I had never seen the whole park (or even half of it for that matter), so this was my opportunity to do so.
My experience on a whole was definitely more interactive than I expected. Although I was prepped for sessions of sitting on a swivel chair on social media, only to engage when people came in, every once a millennium, I was surely left surprised. I was involved in redesigning the website, creating a board for the information centre, giving out propaganda and much more! And now I can even direct people round my local park. After my very animated experience, my advice to you is, if you ever get the opportunity to volunteer at your local park, take it!
Through the Head Start challenge I was given the opportunity to volunteer at the Crystal Palace Park and overall I have been thrilled with this choice.The atmosphere here the information centre is so warm and welcoming which I feel has really enabled me to take full advantage of this opportunity. Through the programme I have been able to explore the park to familiarise myself with the park itself and one the best parts of it all was discovering the range of activities available here that as a local individual I hadn't ever been aware of. I have also been able to develop a variety of skills which have proved beneficial for the world of work such as public speaking skills through distributing propaganda and team-work while participating in the efforts to improve the centre. Another great experience has been the chance to meet a bunch of great new people including our fantastic supervisor.
This has been one of the most motivating experiences to really participate with the local community and independently think up new ways to improve it.