Emmah Chibesakunda

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Why do you volunteer?

I decided to volunteer for Your Love Rara because I wanted to find a way to contribute to my community, particularly working with children and young people. Mental health is something I am very passionate about and I feel that there is a great need for mental health support for children and teens, particularly as we come out of lockdown.

What skills have you learnt from being involved with Love Rara Brand ?

When I started working at Love Rara, I was 14 and had little confidence or skills in working with new people. As I have aged within the company I have gained skills in building my confidence, problem solving and also working with all sorts of different people. I have learned how to work in a team and support those around me, while also learning more fun skills like balloon modelling and face painting which has allowed me to develop within the business.

What is your inspiration/future goals?

In the future, I plan to study psychology at university, and become a clinical psychologist working with children and teenagers. Furthermore, I would like to use my experience in drama and music to help support children and teenagers, in finding a way to express themselves and focus their energy into a passion, which I have found useful throughout my life.

What difference do you think we can provide to our customers/ volunteers?

I think that we can provide a safe place for people to feel they can be themselves and share their struggles, while also uplifting people and creating positivity throughout our community. As volunteers we can support each other and share our own experiences, while supporting our community and promoting mental health.

Erin Mehigan 

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Why do you volunteer?

I decided to volunteer for Your Love Rara because I have always loved to work with children and young people, and I love the idea of giving back something valuable to my community. Mental health is such a huge issue, particularly amongst teens my age, and is often an issue that isn’t taken seriously. During the lockdowns, it is clear that many young people feel lonely or down, and Your Love Rara is an amazing way to help lift the spirits of young people across Aberdeen.

What skills have you learnt from being involved with Love Rara?

I was 14 when I first started working for Love Rara, and I was incredibly shy as well as just hopeless when it came to learning new skills and communicating with other people. However, as i have gotten older within the company I have learned so many new and important skills, such as thinking on your feet and being ready to adapt to any situation, as well as gaining the confidence to work with a variety of different people and support one another in a team environment. I started Love Rara as a very nervous, insecure individual and have grown to be confident, friendly and resourceful!

What is your inspiration/future goals?

In the future, I plan to study education at university and become a Primary School Teacher, using the skills that I have developed through Your Love Rara to better the wellbeing of the next generation of young children and ensure that mental health is not seen as a taboo topic, but rather something children can talk freely about and seek help whenever they need to!!

What difference do you think we can provide to our customers/volunteers?

I hope we can create a supportive place where teens and young people can develop as the individuals they are, and feel as though they have a community they can come to with any problems or issues they are facing, as well as have a space where they can learn positive attitudes and help us to bring creativity and life into our local communities!

Joanna Bremner

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Why do you volunteer?

I made the decision to volunteer for Your Love Rara because I am passionate about the well-being of children and young people, and was keen to discover a way to help them in my local community. Moreover, the focus which the company has on Mental Health is inspiring. There is always more to be done regarding mental health, and I really want to help in any way I can, especially during these unprecedented times which have seen so many people uprooted from normality.

What skills have you learnt from being involved with Love Rara?

My time spent with Love Rara has helped me gain confidence in my abilities, not only as a performer but also as an individual. It has been a privilege to be involved in events which bring such joy to young people, moreover to be a part of the summer camps which allow children to improve their skills, creativity and even independence. My ability to work within a team has been improved, as has my ability to learn from and support those around me. Learning how to face paint has also been a plus, especially considering how much children enjoy this!

What is your inspiration/future goals?

Following my English degree, I will soon be undertaking a postgraduate course in Journalism. Through this, I hope to pursue a career in this field in the future. Art, drama and music have been a part of my life since I was a toddler, and as such if I can find a way to incorporate these into my career while also helping others, I will be overjoyed.

What difference do you think we can provide to our customers/ volunteers?

The benefit of this company is that we have the ability to provide a safe, reassuring space for young people whilst also furthering their opportunities. Promoting positivity and creativity in the community is so important, and as volunteers it is our duty to provide this level of support, whilst also improving awareness of mental health issues.

Lili Mcwilliam 

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Why do you volunteer:

I wanted to volunteer because I like working with an having fun with younger children. I want to help children all ages have fun and try new things, and I like boosting peoples mental health.

What skills have you learned:

I am new to love rara, but I am hoping this will help me get more confident speaking to new people.

What's your inspiration or future goals:

I would like to work at rara as a staff member running and helping out events. Water inspires me so I would love to be a merschool instructor when I'm older.

What difference can we provide to customers/ volunteers:

love rara could make people more confident in themselves to know people won't judge them. everyone should know that they are important and accepted for who they are.

Lilly Hosty 

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Why do you volunteer?

I want to improve my confidence and social skills by working with Love Rara. I want to contribute to my community by volunteering at Love Rara so I can help others. Due to Covid 19 and lockdowns I haven’t been able to do so but now hopefully I can becoming a volunteer.

What skills have you learned from being involved with love Rara?

I learned how to interact, talk and just be around kids especially Younger than me. I’m usually really shy around new people but attending Love Rara activities and camps improved my confidence talking to new people.

What is your inspiration/future goals?

As I grow older I want to continue working at Love Rara and slowly get into my dream job of becoming an actress.

What difference do you think we can provide to our customer/volunteers?

I wish to help people of all different ages and want to make Love Rara a safe and fun place for all people and children.

Lilly Hosty

Rosie Neilson 

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Why do you volunteer?

I have always been passionate about working with children and people my age. I feel strongly about supporting children and teen’s mental health so decided to joinYour Love Rara as a volunteer, where I am slowly achieving this! I have regularly donated my time to volunteer at Love Rara charity events which I greatly enjoys.

What skills have you learnt from being involved within Love Rara Brand?

Being involved with Love Rara has allowed me to develop many new skills but also work on older ones. The skill I have developed the most and am proud of is my confidence. Before joining the company, I was an extremely shy person, but now I’m the complete opposite! Not only has Love Rara allowed me to gain new skills, I have also been able to be trained in new courses. Take a look at some I am trained in:

Full PVG checked

Covid-19 prevention

Mental Health Awareness

Level 2 child safeguarding

First aid

Understanding young minds

Get Moving, Get Healthy

Infection prevention control

What if your inspiration/future goals?

My goals for Your Love Rara are to being able to use my skills and courses to support mental health and well-being in children and teens.

What difference do you think we can provide to our customers/volunteers

I want to create a safe and supportive environment for our customers and volunteers. It is important that everyone feels that they can be in a safe place where there is not judgement or expectations. I want everyone to feel that they can feeling express themselves and feel they can come to me and other volunteers for support!

Rosie Norman 

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why do you volunteer? I have always loved working with children and I always wanted to help with mental health within the community

What skills have you learnt from being involved within Love Rara? I have learnt to be confident in who you are and not to be afraid of what others think of you.

What if your inspiration/future goals? one of my future goals is to go to university for fashion and move to NYC or London to pursue that career.

What difference do you think we can provide to our customers/volunteers: to create a inclusive environment which makes everyone feel included.

Lily Robison

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Why do you volunteer?

I volunteer because I like to help others and make them smile. I enjoy meeting

new people and helping out as much as I can. I am looking forward to learning more on how to support children my own age and older and learn more about mental health and confidence building.

What skills have you learnt from being involved within Love Rara? (this can be throughout the years)

I have been an ambassador since I was 8 and helped at love rara, this has improved my confidence, learnt me how to be part of a team and how to talk to children in a different way. I have learnt about different feelings, expressions, breathing skills, I have improved my swimming abilities and also I am keen to learn more facepainting.

What is your inspiration/future goals?

My future goals is to work for love rara when I am old enough and host some workshops with children. I would like to learn as much as I can to improve my skills in helping other people.

What difference do you think we can provide to our customers/volunteers.

I think I could support the voulenteers with things they need help with. I am trustworthy, fun and always try my best. For customers I think it's good having voulenteers of all ages so they can talk to people with different skills and know different things. I will always try my best to help everyone and make a difference to their day

Maria Jolly

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Why do you volunteer?

I volunteer as I want to be able to make an positive impact in someone's life. I'm passionate in trying to create positivity in peoples life's. I feel strongly in supporting helping teens and children in having an positive mental health. Your loverara has gave me the opportunity to volunteer in something I have a passion for.

What skills have you learnt from being involved within Love Rara? (this can be throughout the years)

I only started to get involved in loverara bit I hope to learn strength in helping others and to be able to get the opportunity to develop better communication skills and skills in how to help people with there mental health.

What if your inspiration/future goals?

In the future I plan to study mental health nursing at uni and become qualified in it so I can help others. My goal for your love rara is to gain skills to help support others with their mental health and wellbeing.

What difference do you think we can provide to our customers/volunteer

I feel like I could bring a positive environment where they feel safe and without the fear of having to please anyone. I would like to bring an nonjudgmental were people can express themselves and feel supported

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