Meet The Volunteers-Joseph
Meet The Volunteers - joseph
- Age: 19
- Nationality: Norwegian
- Town / City: Manchester / Liverpool
- Placement(s): Loaves & Fishes; Somewhere Else; Christopher Grange
A little about me:
I grew up in Norway just right outside of Oslo. I have no siblings and grew up just with my mother. My interests mainly consists of reading books, attending prayer groups and watching football. In my life I get a lot of joy from being with friends, especially of the same faith, where we can share and bond on that basis. I also very much enjoy nature and find comfort there in times of distress.
Why I chose the Vincentian Volunteers:
I chose the Vincentian volunteers to learn more about myself and others. I hope from this year to have learnt more about my strengths and weaknesses, what makes me tick and so on. I also hope to grow in faith by living in a community and serving people on the margins of society. In addition, I am very concerned with Franciscan spirituality and I hope to be able to live that out in some regard.
I have three placements being, Christopher Grange, Liverpool City Centre Methodist church and Salford Loaves and fishes. They are all very different, and give me great joy and reward in various manners. By working at Christopher Grange I have got an increased understanding for how life is for the visually impaired. I can see the struggles they face, but also how they are able to accept and find joy with their condition. Liverpool City Centre Methodist church is a welcoming community that gathers around for the making of a bread. I work there as a facilitator and my job varies from making lunch to cleaning the ovens. I also take great enjoyment in talking to the people that visit and I have learned to accept people as how they are and not as how I want them to be. At Salford Loaves and fishes, my job is in the kitchen where I clean, do dishes and serve dinner to the clients. I found it fulfilling to work knowing that my contribution may lead another person getting a chance to better their life or a place where they can relax and eat for some hours.
My highlight until now must be when I could see that the clients at Salford Loaves and Fishes were relaxing and enjoying themselves, something they could not do on the streets. Knowing that I had contributed to that was a great feeling and very rewarding for me.