About Author

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.


Maisy’s Volunteers’ Week Testimonial

Hi, I’m Maisy Carroll and I’m a volunteer for Counting Hope, an upcoming Charitable Incorporated Organisation, currently focusing on improving the lives of people living in Sal Island, Cape Verde.

Previously, I have volunteered for Healing Young People’s Council in organising village events to raise money for different charities such as Brake. I volunteer as I find it very rewarding to help those in need and really enjoy the different fundraising activities and events that are put on to generate funds and bring everyone together.

I hope to carry on volunteering in the future, both locally and abroad to experience different cultures and communities while helping people.

As a side note from Andy Green – whilst it may not appear as though Maisy has done a lot of volunteering, we know that she has made a substantial impact in her local area, and besides: it is not about how much volunteering you do, it’s about the difference you make. Counting Hope aims to empower people in this region as well as Cabo Verde by providing opportunities to people like Maisy to follow their passion and develop skills that will help them in all aspects of lives.

Why I think outside just the UK

Hey my name is Molly! I’m currently a student at the Grimsby Institute. I have been involved in charity work since I began to walk, its a huge part of my life. I have been involved with WEDay/Free The Children since I was at school.

‘Free The Children is an international charity and educational partner. In Canada, the US, and the UK, WE Day and WE Schools are initiatives of Free The Children that educate and empower young people. WE Schools is a yearlong educational program that nurtures compassion in students and gives them the tools to create transformative social change. And WE Day is a series of stadium-sized events that celebrate youth making a difference in their local and global communities.’

Through my work with WEDay I have organised regional events called ‘MiniWEDay’ an event that was created to inspire and motivate young people to volunteer and get involved in their local community. Through these events I hope to inspire the young people of my area to create local and global impacts!

Through volunteering I have come across some amazing opportunities! These include representing WEDay at national press conferences as well as taking part in a life changing volunteering scholarship trip to India. Volunteering abroad has a huge impact on students! It gives them the opportunity to learn new skills, develop knowledge of the challenges faced by other countries, and to understand the impact of social action. Not only are you completely immersed in a new culture, but you also learn a lot about yourself as a person too. Travelling empowers you to take on new challenges, you realise you can do things you never thought were possible.

Volunteering shows that you are hardworking and dedicated to creating change, the experience gained through volunteering sets you apart and is one of the reasons that I have confirmed a place at Coventry University. I have also become involved in Counting Hope, this was through working with Andy Green on previous projects. It’s great to be able to see a group of people create change about things that they are passionate about.

I am so passionate about the charity work I do and I truly believe that anyone can make a difference to the world no matter their age or background! I want to give the young people of my area the same opportunities that I have been given.