Patrick Clancy is a 2nd year student of the BA in Maths and Economics. Outside of his studies, Patrick is also involved in society work with Cumann de Barra and is a volunteer with the ISPCC, working with Childline.
Patrick has been involved with fundraising for the ISPCC for some time, including organising mini car washes for their telethons and helping out with their ‘Cheerios’ events. He says that is was simply ‘by fluke’ that he became involved with Childline after seeing the opportunity advertised in an ALIVE email. Patrick received all his training in April of this year and since returning to Galway in September, has been a basic volunteer, helping out with taking calls from children.
Patrick says that it is the ethos of listening that he loves about the organisation and the work that he does. He receives great personal satisfaction from being part of a team that allows children to feel ‘listened to & like they have another outlet – they feel empowered’. He also enjoys the great sense of comradery that exists within the group of volunteers he works with, and he has made many good friends as a result.
‘There are very few negatives with Childline... testament to their work, I cannot think of any now’ says Patrick. He would strongly recommend this volunteering role to others, but cautions that not everyone may be in a position to commit the required number of hours.