Volunteer Spotlight – Amber

Amber couldn’t speak more fondly about Gloucestershire Young Carers

Why did you decide to volunteer for GYC?

GYC helped me out tremendously when I was a child. Without their support, I don’t think I would be the person that I am today. They helped me to understand that I was able to achieve everything I wanted to achieve in life, despite my caring role. Therefore, I wanted to help provide the same support for children who were caring for somebody. It feels amazing to be able to make a small difference to any child or families lives. 

What kind of things do you get involved with?

I have been involved with a group that supports families with mental health issues. We laugh, we talk, we play, we act and we eat pizza! It’s such a lovely, caring and open group which gives me the biggest smile. I have also participated in a firewalk, although, this was very nerve-wracking – I faced my fears and felt so proud to have achieved this. I also raised lots of money for GYC which was the best feeling. 

How does volunteering make you feel?

It makes me feel amazing to know that I am making even the slightest difference to somebody’s life. It’s so much fun to get to help out with so many different activities and spend time with such great individuals! I am absolutely loving it. 

What would you say to anybody else thinking about volunteering for GYC? I would say “GO FOR IT!”- you won’t only be part of an amazing team, but you will make such a difference to young peoples lives – more than you will probably ever realise. I know that both the volunteers and staff helped me tremendously as a young carer. It’s a fun, heart-warming and unique experience.