Meet The Volunteers-Brendan
Meet The Volunteers - brendan
Town / City: Manchester
Placement(s): Loaves and Fishes; The Booth Centre
A little about me:
My name is Christian Veselovsky. I am 20 years old, and am from Ottawa, Ontario. I grew up living in the country with my 5 siblings. I love the outdoors, sports, music and yoyoing. I was raised Catholic and my faith is very important to me.
Why I chose the Vincentian Volunteers:
I was at a point where I did not know what I wanted to do with my life. One thing I did know was that I wanted to spend some time doing something different that put me out of my comfort zone. I also wanted to do something where I would focus on myself less and others more. Through doing some research I happened upon the Vincentian Volunteers. I knew immediately that it was exactly what I was looking for. I could not be happier to be a part of this program.
I am placed at two different day centres. One is called "Salford Loaves and Fishes" and the other is called "The Booth Centre". Both of them are for homeless and vulnerable adults. They function as places for these people to come, have a meal, and receive the assistance that they require. I help out in any way I can at these centres. Usually I am in the kitchen, but I have also worked at the reception and spend time talking with the people who use the centres.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time so far at my placements. A major highlight for me has been getting to meet the different people at my placements. Hearing their stories has helped me open my eyes and better understand all the struggles people have to go through. Another highlight is living in community. We have a wonderful community between us and I could not be more thankful for that.