Thursday, 17 September 2009

Inspirational young volunteers praised

From left: Rhian Morris of Conwy council, Rhys Morris, Janet Ryder AM, Ioan Charlton and Llio Morris.

A group of young volunteers have been described as "truly inspirational" by North Wales AM Janet Ryder.

The Plaid Cymru AM met three young volunteers from the Conwy area during a meeting to promote volunteering in Llandudno and said they totally contradicts the negative perceptions about young people in our society.

 Llio Morris, a 17-year-old pupil at Ysgol y Creuddyn, started volunteering with her local Brownies and has since become part of a team presenting a weekly programme on Tudno FM community radio station. Llio, who lives in Llandudno, said: "I want to be a Welsh teacher and I have gained a lot of confidence through my volunteering experience."

 Ioan Charlton, also 17, volunteers at his local Young Farmers' Club at Eglwysbach. He said: "Sport is my passion and I help coach youngsters with football. If I can share what I've learned from my coaching, then I'll be happy."

 Rhys Morris, aged 21, a former Ysgol y Creuddyn pupil, is now at university and believes volunteering helped him get on. He said: "To get into university it looks a lot better if you can show you've helped other people. The same applies when you're looking for jobs."

 He and the others were full of praise for the Gwirvol project run by Conwy Council, which encourages youngsters to volunteer in their community.

Janet Ryder said: "We hear so many negative things about young people in the media, so it was truly inspirational to meet these youngsters and hear directly from them about the good work they're doing in their communities. Colleges and employers are increasingly looking for people with something extra on their CVs, people who contribute and volunteering certainly gives youngsters an edge when it comes to having that something extra."

 The meeting was organised by the Rathbone charity, which promotes volunteering among young people throughout Wales, and Janet Ryder thanked them for their work.

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