"We are delighted to be one of the Global’s Make Some Noise Campaign for 2017/18 chosen charities. This is an excellent way for a small local charity to really raise our community profile and really make a difference."

Blog: The Buddies Volunteer

"During the summer of 2015 I started volunteering at a play scheme called Buddies run by Local Aid. This scheme aims to support special needs children by providing them with many different opportunities to develop their skills. I decided to begin volunteering in order to broaden my experiences. I wanted to gain and develop new skills whilst getting to know many different children with special needs. Immediately on joining buddies I was overwhelmed by the welcoming, warm nature of all the staff and children. Buddies carries out different activities from week to week and I really enjoyed the variety that it brought to the day.

 

All the staff ensured that I felt comfortable in the amount of responsibility I was given and that I was able to approach any of them if I had any questions. Throughout my time volunteering I was fortunate to have been able to have got to know all of the children very well  and so over two years later we all feel like one big family. I can't begin to describe how much I have gained from Buddies.  It is a very maturing, confidence building, and enlightening experience which I am very grateful for.

 

Volunteering at Buddies also helped me in gaining a place for medicine in the University of Nottingham: it's a great addition to a personal statement. I can honestly say that I will miss each one of the children immensely when I go to University. Each one of them is different in their own way which is what made my experience so unique.  I will cherish the memories I have made at buddies forever, from  seeing a child's face light up after going down a slide in the lc2 to the whole of the staff and children staying in on rainy days singing, laughing and playing games. I can't wait to volunteer again when I'm back from Uni - there's no other place I'd rather be on a  Saturday."

"Throughout my time volunteering I was fortunate to have been able to have got to know all of the children very well  and so over two years later we all feel like one big family."

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News: Global's Make Some Noise

Local Aid, a Swansea based registered charity is delighted to have been selected as one of this year’s beneficiaries of Global’s Make Some Noise – just one of over 30 charities they will be supporting across the UK.

 

Global’s Make Some Noise is the official charity of Global, the media and entertainment group. The charity unites some of the UK’s best-loved radio stations - Heart, Capital, LBC, Classic FM, Smooth, Radio X, Capital XTRA and Gold – to raise money and give a voice to small projects across the UK, supporting youngsters and their families living with illness, disability or lack of opportunity. They also run some masterclasses covering marketing, media and digital skills to help with building sustainability. Emma Bradley, director of Global’s Make Some Noise, said: “Global’s Make Some Noise is all about shining the spotlight on small charities across the UK. They can often get overlooked, but we’re in the fantastic position to be able to raise money and awareness about their brilliant work through Global’s much-loved brands. We’re thrilled to be able to support Local Aid and look forward to making lots of noise for them this year.”

 

Local Aid Director of Operational Services Amanda Lervy said on hearing the news of the grant award. ”We are delighted to be one of the Global’s Make Some Noise Campaign for 2017/18 chosen charities. This is an excellent way for a small local charity to really raise our community profile and really make a difference. We are planning on organising a learning resource centre based in a charity shop/warehouse aimed at giving young people with learning difficulties access to meaningful training and practical work experience in a live retail environment. We are excited to work with the Global Team over the coming months to kick-start the fundraising”