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Andy Green

Andy Green

I'm Andy Green - co-founder of Counting Hope and founder of Lyke Limited and I'm passionate about volunteering, charity work, and social action. I have cerebral palsy and type one diabetes, but I don't let that stop me! Having raised over £1,000 for various charities, volunteered for hundreds of hours, won multiple awards and worked with many clients for my age, I like to think I have a lot experience and enough to know anything is possible, but enough to also know that I have so much to learn.

Volunteering is life changing

If you don’t already know, today makes the start of Volunteers’ Week – an annual celebration of the absolutely amazing work that volunteers do all over the country, and indeed in the case of Counting Hope, globally! Of course, I hope that anybody volunteering with Counting Hope will feel rewarded all year round and have reason to celebrate all the time, but I wanted to kick off 12 very special days of celebration. As an organisation that is still trying to find its feet, it would be silly to miss an opportunity to use #volunteersweek.
Before you say it, my best bet is that “12 days of volunteering” would infringe the copyright on “12 days of Christmas”… Not really, you can read all about it at www.volunteersweek.org!

Anyways, why do I volunteer? There are quite a few reasons really, but I think the main one is probably the feeling I get from volunteering. There’s absolutely nothing quite like it, certainly not that money can buy, and it is what keeps me coming back for me. It’s fairly difficult for me to come to close describing this feeling, it’s something you have to experience first-hand, but just think for a second…
Through volunteering anyone and everyone can make a positive impact of somebody’s life, for free! That impact can be as small as putting a smile on a person’s face, or as large as saving a person’s life, but it all matters. The truth is, both people could be equally as grateful, or indeed putting a smile on that person’s face could have saved their life. One of my favourite quotes goes “everyone is born to be different, and that’s the one thing that makes us the same” and only when you start volunteering do you realise just how true that is.

Some say superheroes only exist in movies, but I argue that the superheroes of real life are the truly selfless volunteers in society that make a long lasting impression on those they help! As I’ve said, you can never know who will be grateful for your actions as a volunteer, it’s not out of the question that they live in the house next you! So that begs the question of Cabo Verde.
The answer is probably not as glorious as you expected – it’s “why not?”. I have always wanted to be able to make an impact internationally and the first time I went to Sal Island I fell in love with the country, the people and the culture. I saw some of the most deserving people with the drive to one day be in the position to help others but the inability to get there, and that’s the same drive I have – the only difference is that I consider I am in a position to help people. Having been through the UK education system and supported all of my life, I don’t think there is anything much more important! And yes, there may be people all over the word that are equally as deserving but every organisation needs a starting point and volunteering is all about having a passion, which comes from the heart, and the people of Cabo Verde have my heart!

Of course though, I do also support other causes and organisations such as WEDay, Diana Award, Cancer Research and JDRF, but ultimately I support empowerment in any shape or form that may come in.

Have you considered being a superhero? J

2 Responses to Volunteering is life changing

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    Jimmy says:

    Howdy would you mind letting me know which web host you’re using?
    I’ve loaded your blog in 3 completely different internet browsers
    and I must say this blog loads a lot quicker then most. Can you suggest a good internet hosting provider at a honest price?
    Thanks a lot, I appreciate it!

    • Andy Green
      Andy Green says:

      Hi Jimmy,

      Thank you for your comment. Our website is actually hosted and looked after by Lyke Ltd. If you’d like some more details please let me know.

      Hope you’re enjoying the website!

      Many thanks,
      Andy

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