Jamie Over, DDH Volunteer gives an update.
The last 12 months has brought many of things; lots of great achievements, a couple of awards and a qualification. Alongside all of this, my communication and social skills have improved dramatically.
As you have seen from my previous blogs, I have spent most of the last year volunteering at two DDH sheltered housing schemes in Daventry, where I was an Activities Co-ordinator volunteer responsible for organising frequent social events and day trips for older tenants.
It has been very enjoyable to make a difference to people’s daily life as part of this important role. Many of the older residents have benefited from my help and support and it hasn’t gone unnoticed.
Alongside my work in the sheltered housing schemes, I have held several community events that featured representatives from different organisations who spoke with residents, some of whom may not be able to get out and about. Bringing these organisations to the sheltered schemes meant that people could talk about any issues they had in the comfort of their own home.
During the last year I have also completed a NVQ Business Administration course through Northampton College. I thoroughly enjoyed it and learned many new things. The standard of support that I received was also 100%, first class.
I am now able to search for employment and take these fantastic skills with me. Through my dedication and enthusiasm towards my NVQ course, I was put forward for an award for the “Best work place student” who has overcome a difficulty and who has shown dedication.
Many other good things have happened in the last month or so. I was also nominated for a prestigious award through the Prince’s Trust for “Young Achiever of the Year” for the East Midlands. I was overwhelmed when I received the fantastic news that I was one of the three finalists.
I have achieved and worked so hard during the last 12 months in order to strive to be successful. To be nominated for these awards has been the greatest achievement for me.
Early this month, I attended the Prince’s Trust awards ceremony in Derby along with those who have inspired me, including my parents. Unfortunately I didn’t win, however, in my eyes and to be named in the top three for “Young Achiever of the Year” for the East Midlands is a great achievement in itself and I am very, very proud.
I recently started a work experience placement at Cummins, where I am gaining new experience and working in a different environment, which will also help me in future employment.
In general, my confidence and communication skills have increased further and further with each month that has passed in 2014. As it has been such a successful year, I thought I’d celebrate my top five greatest achievements, in the list below:
1. Winning “Volunteer of the Year” Award at the Daventry & District Housing’s Star Awards
2. Seeing my confidence and communication skills dramatically improve and myself change as a completely person.
3. Completing my NVQ Business Administration course.
4. Helping other people in the community and “making a difference”.
5. Being nominated for two awards, by Northampton College and the Prince’s Trust.
All in all 2014 has been a marvellous year for me and 2015 is shaping up to be even bigger and better!
Jamie Over, Volunteer, Daventry & District Housing