Daniel is 18 and lives in Merton. In October, Daniel started to volunteer at his local youth club (a London Youth member), Alford House, as a Volunteer Assistant Youth Worker.

Whilst volunteering 78 hours over a three-month period, he completed his Level 2 National Open College Network (NOCN) Accreditation in Learning from Volunteering.

Daniel decided he wanted to volunteer because he wanted to make a difference in the lives of young people and give something back to the community. Since starting his placement Daniel feels that his teamwork, communication and facilitation skills have improved dramatically, stating: “Since volunteering at Alford House, I have taken a more active role in organising and planning activities alongside other volunteers. This has included working in a team to ensure activities such as football are engaging and enjoyable.”

Whilst volunteering Daniel enjoyed the responsibility of supervising large numbers of young people and feels, in his own words, that he has “developed [his] independence and [been] shaped into a responsible and highly organised youth volunteer.