C.x (itsjustc) wrote,
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The Friday Five Meme

This weeks questions from
thefridayfive
are about charity.


1. Do you have a favourite cause that you support?
2. If so, how do you support it?
3. Have you been an active member of an organization (attending meetings, volunteering etc)?
4. Have you ever led any group?
5. If so, how was your experience with it?


1. Do you have a favourite cause that you support?
The NACC (National Association for Colitis and Crohns disease)
The local Ileo-anal pouch support group

2. If so, how do you support it?
NACC
- fundraising and helping out at meetings
The pouch support group - people phone me to ask for my experience when they are trying to decide whether or not to go ahead and have the operation, and then if they wish, I will meet them for coffee or a drink to talk with them face to face.

3. Have you been an active member of an organization (attending meetings, volunteering etc)?
As above, plus my local Tenants And Residents Association

4. Have you ever led any group?
The only voluntary groups I've actually led have been as a youth worker in charge of various youth clubs and youth discos.

5. If so, how was your experience with it?
Oh my word! that would take a VERY long time to talk about - I did it for over 20 years. I decided to take a break from it about 2 years ago as I felt I needed to concentrate on my college work for a bit and take a rest from youth work. I do miss it, but I will be accompanying a group of 15 - 19 year olds on holiday in August over the bank holiday.

I've had drunks, drugs, homelessness, pregnancies etc, etc, etc, ...I'm sure you get the picture without me having to say any more!
Overall my experience as a youth worker was great and it's fantastic when I bump into the young people who are now adults and they say to me how much they enjoyed the clubs and discos I ran.

My philosophy about youth work was always that if a young person was ever to say to me that they couldn't come because they had homework to do, then I knew that I REALLY wasn't doing it right and something would need to change! I always worked at keeping it exciting enough that if they did have homework to do, they would want to get it finished before they came to the club!
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