Meet a volunteer: Kylie Barraclough

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I volunteer at Ardoch because…

I volunteer at Ardoch because I’m currently studying a teaching degree and I was hoping to get more experience working with children, contributing to the community and helping children learn. I noticed this was something that was lacking when I was on placement. I saw that it was difficult for the teacher to get around to everyone and meet all their needs, so I feel this is a way I can contribute.

What aspect of volunteering brings you the most joy?

When you build strong relationships with kids and they look forward to seeing you. Especially when you’re able to keep them engaged. From seeing them progress from being disengaged to wanting to come up to you to learn and share things they’ve done while you weren’t there is amazing. 

How long have you been volunteering for?

I’ve been volunteering for 4 or 5 months now and it took me about 2 weeks of being at my school to develop a rapport with the kids. I find that patience and being consistent with the children is key for noticing a meaningful change.

What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering?

Definitely do it! It’s so much more than what I thought I was getting into it for. It’s not for any other purpose than to really help these kids.  You can see the potential in them and it’s really rewarding and worth it to see it realised.  Initially going into it I thought ‘this is going to be some great experience working with kids and there might be a job at the end of it etc’.. my mentality was ‘this is for me. This is going to help me’. Now it’s about he relationships you form. It’s bigger than what I want for myself.

Ardoch is a children’s education charity focused on improving educational outcomes of children and young people in disadvantaged communities. You can help by signing-up to become avolunteer or by making a donation.