Now I have an opportunity to put something back into society and hopefully let some younger, not so fortunate people as myself, benefit from what I’ve experienced - BYHP offers a near perfect environment to do this.
As I meet and talk to the youngsters passing through the organisation, I’m frequently disturbed by the total lack of confidence and self esteem that they display. Invariably, this is rooted in a basic lack of family support and constant critical pressure from their peers.
As I get older, I recognise the futility of being judgemental, of people or events. It creates an atmosphere of negativity which is difficult to overcome. Our young people need to experience real ‘hope’ and a realisation that they CAN succeed in life. If I can be seen as someone who takes them truly at face value, and is not judgemental, then perhaps any advice or guidance I might offer will be listened to.
Older people have a lot to offer the young, and can often associate more easily with them than their immediate families.
Volunteering can be very fulfilling – try it !
Written by John Marshal
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