“To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world”
Here at Starting Point our volunteers are our backbone. They are the heroes who listen to young people and support them through the good and bad times. Volunteers happily give up their time to ensure young people have somebody they can rely on and talk to about the difficulties they encounter. They do not ask for a thank you. They do not ask for a reward. They are not selfish and will not turn their backs on young people.
Since Starting Point began in 2012, we have had over 60 volunteers. The majority of our volunteers are local to the Reading area, mentoring local young people across the borough.
So what does volunteering at Starting Point involve?
Mentoring at Starting Point involves meeting up with a young person (a mentee) once a week. This could include anything, such as searching for jobs and writing a CV, to activities aimed at boosting a mentee’s confidence. Even if you just talk about what’s happened during the week, you will be increasing a mentee’s social skills. A lot of mentee find they have nobody to talk to, so you could make a massive difference in their lives.
However, Starting Point doesn’t only offer mentoring. We have volunteers who help with administration, media and design, and photography.
So do you or someone you know have something to offer Starting Point? You don’t need to be Superman or Wonder Woman. You just need to be kind, compassionate, and have the time to get to know a young person and understand the aspects of their lives.
If you can do this and want to learn new skills, then click below to get in touch.
Here’s what our volunteers said about volunteering with Starting Point:
“Volunteering a small amount of time once a week has the potential to change someone’s life.”
“The best thing about volunteering is seeing the mentees I work with grow in confidence.”
“I volunteer with Starting Point because I want to be able to help young people who are less fortunate than myself.”
Written by Calum Harbor
Starting Point Mentee and Community Journalist