Oscar, 15, started volunteering for Honeypot when he was just 11. Since then he’s been dedicated to raising awareness for young carers – leading assemblies, writing a book and even visiting Downing Street! Here’s Oscar on his volunteering story…
I started volunteering for Honeypot a few years ago after hearing about the charity through my parents’ work. From there I started raising small sums of money and awareness as it’s such an amazing cause which is largely unknown. Even talking to people now, not everyone is aware of how many young carers there are and what they have to do on a daily basis.
Before I started, I felt that as a child there wasn’t a lot I could do to help with global issues but Honeypot has helped and encouraged me to make a difference for a worthy cause. I’ve been involved with quite a few different fundraising activities. I was recently involved in helping out at a stall at a fair; I currently manage a few collecting tins around my village and next week I’ll be at a Christmas shopping event. Last year I was lucky enough to be invited along with the Honeypot team and some current and former Honeypot children to a reception at Downing Street, which was a phenomenal experience and a brilliant opportunity to raise awareness.
A few years ago, I wrote a book in aid of Honeypot. It’s aimed at kids around ages 8-12 and is a pick-your-path book so you can choose where you want the story to go. I have now sold all the copies and donated the profits. Alongside this, I also got my school to hold a charity day to raise money. I led an assembly to talk about the charity and many other kids were surprised at how much young carers have to do around the house, including chores that we take for granted that our parents do.
Through volunteering I have learnt to be persuasive and communicative whilst speaking up on behalf of other people. Supporting Honeypot has given me more of a purpose and incentive to finish writing the book, as it wasn’t just me I was doing it for. I have got a lot out of fundraising and it has sparked conversation with people I didn’t know very well before. Fundraising has given me more ties with people in my community and I hope that more young people can help make a difference too.
To anyone considering volunteering with Honeypot, I’d say go for it! Don’t let anything stand in your way. It’s a super cause to dedicate your time towards, plus the team is amazing and will be with you all the way. Whatever you choose to do, you can make a difference and your work will be valued by Honeypot, young carers and the country.
We’re so grateful for the support of volunteers like Oscar. If you’re interested in volunteering with Honeypot, click here to find out more.