Volunteer Testimonials

Testimonial from CDYS Volunteer’s

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Nicole Hegarty Volunteer’s with CDYS in Fermoy

‘I’m a volunteer in CDYS for a little over a year now. When I first began, it was a 60-hour placement for a course  I was attending. Through volunteering, I realised I was passionate about having a career in Youth Work. When looking at a community where anti-social behaviour is on the increase, it’s easy to tarnish every young person with the same brush. Being a volunteer, I see different side to youth, they have talent, passion, kindness, ambition, goals etc, each and everyone is unique in their own way and have so much to give and offer. We are all on different walks of life, sometimes we can still make wrong decisions/choices, but for adults we’re told that is okay, it’s normal for some young people ,they might not hear those words.

Being part of a service like CDYS that offers young people a non-judgemental safe space, to hang out build friendships, participate in activities of their choice, develop in areas of their strengths and even learn new skills. There will always be a listening ear and an understanding, whether it’s been a good day or bad.

I have gained so much experience new skills and memories since joining CDYS. A 60 hours placement became my career path.

For those who feel might feel unsure of what career to pursue and might be thinking about working with young people, try volunteering youth work might be the career for you.’  

 

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Getting to know you profile’s of some of our Volunteers

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Nelson Diaz is a vital part of our team and has a passion for Art. He has been volunteering with CDYS Good Lives Project since 2017. Famous for his Tidy Towns ‘Market Day’ mural in Macroom and more recent ‘Care Choice’ mural surrounding the walls of the nursing home. Nelson supports and has the ability to nurture the creative side of every learner and volunteer in their artistic endeavors.
 

CDYS Macroom ‘Getting to know you profile’………

 
01. Where’s your favourite place in the world?
India, Maharashtra State, Pune city. I was doing NGO work there and it was a beautiful, painful, heartbreaking, colorful time in my life.
 
02. If you could be any animal, which would you be?
Eagle. free and powerful
 
03. What’s the last book you read?
Homeport by Nora Roberts. mysterious, exiting romantic and artistic novel i really enjoy it
 
04. What are you passionate about?
My Children and Art Therapy.
 
05. What are you currently watching on Netflix?
Believe it or not i don’t watch Netflix, i think last time i watched it was over three months ago, it was an anime movie. can’t remember the name!
 
06. Who would you most like to swap places with for a day? My children, i will love to see everyone else with their eyes and grasp their understanding of the world around them, that will give me valuable intel to be better father for them.
 
07. What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?
Pupusas, traditional food from El Salvador.
 
08. If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?
Area 51 i mean, why not?
 
09. If you were a crayon, what colour would you be? Green. to me represent life and happiness
 
10. What is your favourite family tradition?
hhmmm..this is a hard one for me…i guess Christmas, not sure now. We do celebrate Shabbat with my kids on Friday sundown with a big meal lighting of the candles and we rest completely until Saturday sundown, it means a lot to us and my daughter loves it, i guess that will be our sort of tradition.
 
 
CDYS Volunteer
 
After completing level 5 QQI Good Lives project, Damian Quill decided he wanted to give back to CDYS and volunteer. He works significantly with the learners giving them the support and encouragement that they need, as he has gone through the process himself. Damo is also a dab hand at administration and organises events like the monthly CDYS Community coffee mornings.

CDYS Macroom ‘Getting to know you profile’………

01. Where’s your favourite place in the world?
That would have to be Lanzarote.
 
02. If you could be any animal, which would you be?
A bear, people say I’m like a big cuddly bear.
 
03. What’s the last book you read?
I don’t read much so it was Harry Potter and the deathly hallows.
 
04. What are you passionate about?
Family that always comes first for me.
 
05. What are you currently watching on Netflix?
I don’t watch Netflix, but I love watching old comedies such as Allo Allo, on the Buses, Steptoe and son to name a few.
 
06. Who would you most like to swap places with for a day?
That’s easy Phil “The power” Taylor what a Darts player.
 
07. What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?
My Father’s Christmas dinner.
 
08. If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?
That would have to be the Florida Keys I’d love to go fishing there.
 
09. If you were a crayon, what colour would you be?
Orange the colour of Encouragement, I like to encourage people to do better.
 
10. What is your favourite family tradition?
Sitting around the table for Christmas dinner it’s the only time of the year we do it.
 
 
CDYS VolunteerAfter completing a level 4 QQI & level 5 QQI, Al Lloyd decided we were too delightful to leave and has been a loyal CDYS volunteer for three years. He is supportive, reliable and (in his own words) ‘gorgeous’. He is our Jack of all trades,green fingered horticulturist and can built anything from a plank of wood.
Thank you Al, even in these strange times we have a beautiful manicured poly tunnel.
 

CDYS Macroom ‘Getting to know you profile’………

01. Where’s your favourite place in the world?
Sitting by the river fishing or just relaxing.
 
02. If you could be any animal, which would you be?
I think I would like to be a bird of prey seeing the world from above just gently soaring on the thermals.
 
03. What’s the last book you read?
The last book I read was terry pratchets raising steam.
 
04. What are you passionate about?
My daughter and my granddaughters they are the world to me.
 
05. What are you currently watching on Netflix?
At the moment nothing as my laptop as died on me.
 
06. Who would you most like to swap places with for a day?
I do not think I would swap with anybody.
 
07. What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?
My best meal ever as to be my mums Sunday roast.
 
08. If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?
The fjords of Norway fishing or new Zealand.
 
09. If you were a crayon, what colour would you be?
Green as always been one of my favourite colours.
 
10. What is your favourite family tradition?
That always has to be xmas dinner with emma and the girls.
 
 

CDYS Volunteer

Lucy Moynihan, our newest volunteer, is energetic, zestful and injects an abundance of energy into the project.
Amiable and genuine, Lucy is willing to get stuck in where-ever she can. Introducing Lucy…….
 

CDYS Macroom ‘Getting to know you profile’………

 
01. Where’s your favourite place in the world?
Gougane Barra, it’s a little slice of heaven.
 
02. If you could be any animal, which would you be?
Hmm it’s hard to know, I love to sleep so any animal that hibernates.
 
03. What’s the last book you read?
I’m currently listening to ‘Radical Compassion’, by Tara Brach on Audible. The last book I read was ‘The Choice’ by Edith Eger.
 
04. What are you passionate about?
My children, they’re a joy to behold.
 
05. What are you currently watching on Netflix?
After life.
 
06. Who would you most like to swap places with for a day?
Michelle Obama, I watched a documentary about her on Netflix, she uses her wealth and privilege to make a difference and she seems pretty cool and down to earth.
 
07. What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?
Any meal that I didn’t have to cook myself!
 
08. If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?
Greece, because of the history and the food.
 
09. If you were a crayon, what colour would you be?
Yellow.
 
10. What is your favourite family tradition?
Opening presents at Christmas with my children.

If you would like to Volunteer with CDYS we would love to hear from you!  We have a number of locations in the Cloyne Region some of which include, Mallow, Mitchelstown, Macroom, Fermoy, Charleville, Cobh.

 

Please visit https://cdys.ie/volunteering for more information on how to Volunteer with CDYS.