Youcef, an Algerian living in Dublin, has found a welcoming community in Ireland through volunteering. Engaging in volunteering has given him a sense of purpose, boosted his confidence, and facilitated meaningful connections with people from diverse backgrounds.

“My name is Youcef. I am from Algeria, and I live in South Dublin. Since I came to Ireland last year, I have felt welcomed.

“I got involved in volunteering with South Dublin Community Volunteers, doing different tasks like litter picking, planting trees, and cutting grass with Clondalkin Tidy Towns, Stepping Green Forest, and Global Gardens. I also volunteer at Vincent’s Charity Shop, welcoming people, tidying, and pricing clothes. And at Fettercairn Youth Horse Project, I volunteer grooming and feeding horses.

“I enjoy volunteering because I like to keep busy. And it makes me feel good meeting people from different nationalities and getting to know each other, supporting each other, and sharing ideas and skills to improve our society and community. Volunteering has made me a strong and confident man who has integrated easily into Irish society.”

Thanks to Youcef for sharing his volunteering story! Youcef found his perfect volunteering roles through his local Volunteer Centre, and you can too.

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