This month’s Community Beacon of Brighton is a familiar face – you’ll recognise Jordan from the June page of our TDC calendar.
It’s Volunteers’ Week this week, a chance to celebrate the people who generously donate their time to make a difference to others. TDC volunteers make an invaluable contribution to the work we do across the city, bringing added value to our services through their skills and time. Last year we supported 391 volunteers to work alongside our workers and in neighbourhoods, delivering over 6,799 hours per week between them.
Jordan, one of our youth volunteers, has already committed hundreds of hours to Moulsecoomb and Bevendean communities and is an associate member of our Board.
He also recently mixed a fantastic DJ set at the bash we held to celebrate the 50th birthday of the 67 Centre. Here is a snap of him behind the decks.
When we asked Jordan what he loved most about our city he told us “Brighton and Hove is such a lovely place, filled with such a calm atmosphere and such caring people. There are a wide variety of options that you can do and see around the area – it’s filled with so many different attractions old and new.”
And about the hours he spends helping out in his community, Jordan explained “I volunteer mainly because I want to go out of my own way to help others. I get many different types of experience from it and I enjoy it massively – I have learnt lots of different things with the places I volunteer at. Volunteering is a big thing to me and not only does it make an impact on the people I am helping but it also makes a huge impact on myself.”
We also asked him about the difference he thinks youth work makes to young people. He said “The main difference is the outcome of the young people. When youth work happens around them they change immediately. Young people are mainly now getting in to all sorts of trouble and youth work has improved this massively.”
So this Volunteers’ Week – we extend a huge thank you to Jordan and to all our volunteers for everything you do to make our city of Brighton & Hove the wonderful place that it is.