My name is Iesha Moustafa. I took part in the Active 50+ Relaxation Group. I enjoyed the experience and have met some lovely people. Here is a short summary of what I’ve learnt:
The elderly people feel that not enough youths help out anymore. They also feel as if they are needed because if they don’t do it, no one else will and then people will be forgotten and abandoned. They also do it for the self satisfaction it brings.
Young people feel as though they are being looked down upon by elderly people. I feel that we, the young people of today, the “do-ers”, we as the “people of tommorrow”, it is our duty to do something about it.
First we need to fix the problem of advertising. I am a lover of all things community and would be all for helping out, but before this, I never knew volunteer work was avaliable in Drogheda. I think the best solution to this problem is to dedicate a page in the local newspaper specificly for volunteering and community work. There is so much more that can be achieved and I would love to work on this issue at a higher level.
On the 27th of September, Cathy Mckeown, Aoife Cunningham and I paired up with an older volunteer at Dundalk FM to talk about his life experiences with volunteers. Paddy Mac, who is the morning-time talk show host, talked to us about how he has been voluntary training volunteers to work with him and the team at Dundalk FM.
Paddy old us that he has been doing this for around 10 years now and he enjoys it because it helps people to become more engaged with volunteering. He says ‘volunteering is a great way to get rid of the boredom of lying at home and to have a purpose in life knowing you’re helping other people along the way’. It was this sentence that inspires me to go on and get more involved in volunteering now and in the future. Paddy told us of what got him involved and he says it was an old friend of his who started volunteering before him and told Paddy it was a great chance to help others. While I was at Dundalk FM I got a taste of what the workers and volunteers did there, I even got a chance to talk on the radio which I have never done before and it was a really enjoyable experience. I saw how well all of the workers and volunteers got on so well together. It was almost as if I was in a family home.
I talked with Paddy and asked him what he’d like to see happen with volunteering in the future and without thinking about it he said ‘awards and recognition of all volunteers to any organisation’. Another type of volunteering which Paddy does is play in a band for old folks homes and charity fundraisers he says it gives him great satisfaction that he’s doing something good for others. I really enjoyed my day to get to know older volunteers in my local area and I feel that without the older volunteers the voluntary organisations would not be at all what they are today.