‘Volunteers make sure my daughter never misses out!’

We’re celebrating Youth Work Week 2018 by taking a look at the incredible work our volunteers do to show girls they can do anything. Here, Mary Anne, mum of Fiona from 8th Dunbarton Rainbows, shares how volunteers have gone above and beyond the call of duty to support her daughter.

YWW18, Youth Work Week, #ThisIsYouthWork

My daughter Fiona was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in early 2018 which came as a massive shock and even now we’re still learning how to manage her care. Thankfully, almost as soon as we got the diagnosis, Fiona’s leaders, Katie and Lauren, started learning about her condition and how to manage it so she could still go to meetings every week. I was so happy she wasn’t going to miss out.

One week, leader Katie gave a talk on type 1 diabetes so all the girls were informed and knew exactly what Fiona’s going through (they’d checked Fiona was happy with this first!). This allowed Fiona’s friends to ask any questions on their mind about the situation without worrying. Katie even bought Fiona a diabetes teddy, a comforting companion for children with the illness.

When the opportunity came up for Fiona to go on an overnight trip away with her unit, I didn’t need to think about it because I knew she’d be in the safest hands. Katie was keen that Fiona didn’t miss out and learned how to do some of her care all in her own time. It was Fiona’s first overnight trip and she had the most amazing time.

Katie and her volunteer team’s dedication to making sure Fiona never misses out as a result of her condition means so much to my family. It has made life so much easier for all of us and now Fiona can’t wait to go on her next adventure with her unit.

The Youthlink Youth Work Awards 2019 nominations are open!

Do you know an inspirational volunteer who has made a massive difference to the lives of girls and young women? Then don’t forget to nominate them for a Youth Work Award by 26 November!