Andrew Pang has been volunteering at Youthline Wellington since December 2016. Already working as a counsellor as his day job, his Youthline role has enabled him to further his passion for working with young people.
As well as phone counselling, he has helped out with peer supervision and represented Youthline at events and fundraising. He values the support, learning, and connection he gets from the peer supervision group, and says the volunteers of Youthline are generally a bunch of caring and wonderful people.
Does he feel like he is making a difference in young people’s lives with his Youthline work?
“Yes! So many calls, texts, and emails. The most obvious ones are when someone is at risk and you provide essential support for them to get through a tough time. Less obvious ones are when you help someone reflect on their situation so that at some point when they feel able to, they can make a proactive decision to make a positive change in their life.”
Andrew enjoys working at Youthline and encourages others to join in volunteering.
“Youthline has been a very rewarding experience and I’ve met so many amazing empathetic people through it.”
For NVW, Volunteering New Zealand has launched an interactive map of volunteer stories from across Aotearoa. This map is filled with stories from volunteers throughout Aotearoa, New Zealand. This map celebrates the contribution of volunteers in their communities throughout Aotearoa. It aims to inspire people to engage in volunteering, Mahi Aroha and social action and to realise the benefits of weaving their communities together through their actions.