Meet The Volunteers-Brendan
Meet The Volunteers - brendan
- Age: 22
- Nationality: American
- Town / City: Manchester / Liverpool
- Placement(s): Faiths4Change; Whitechapel Centre
A little about me:
I’m Brendan, I am 22 years old, and I am from Connecticut in the United States. I am outgoing, love to travel and explore, and enjoy reading and learning about anything I find interesting. I love soccer (football), golf, and almost any other outdoor activity.
Why I chose the Vincentian Volunteers:
I have absolutely always felt like there was more a purpose to my life than the way in which I was living it beforehand. In past experiences working with those less fortunate, it was always and incredibly uplifting and amazing feeling knowing that we can use the gifts blessed upon us to help those who may be dealing with hard times. I was lucky to be steered towards this program in my search for what was next in my life post-university, and this has without a doubt been the best decision I have made.
One of my placements is working with Faiths4Change, a charity organization with an environmental mission trying to reach out to those in need through both arts & wellbeing and health & wellbeing workshops. Through this, I have met a lot of people seeking asylum in the UK and dealing with that complicated process, trying to help teach them life sustainability skills and such as they make the transition into their new country.
My other placement is with the WhiteChapel Centre, a leading homeless charity in the Liverpool area. The people I have met through this experience are dealing with incredible hardship and deal with life through the basic necessities, and any help we are lucky enough to be able to give them is not only incredibly rewarding, but even small gestures have such a large impact on their daily lives.
The first week we all have here together, the induction week, was an incredible way to get to know the people we will be spending this year with. It was the perfect opportunity to introduce ourselves to each other and become immediately closer.
I’ve also been lucky enough to find a local football team to play with during the early time we have been here, which has been such a cool experience of meeting new people and really feeling like a ‘local’ in the new surroundings.
Having the opportunity to work in and explore Liverpool has been without a doubt one of my biggest highlights. It is such a cool city with so much interesting stuff going on and so many unique places to explore. I cannot wait to see and learn more about it and find some great places to experience in this year.