A former Restless Development volunteer from Cheshire, UK, has become the face of the International Citizen Service (ICS) campaign for Restless Development.
Launched on 7th January, the ‘I AM RESTLESS’ campaign features Brett Gilligan, a former ICS volunteer. The campaign aims to recruit 18-25 year olds for our ICS programme. The campaign will appear on buses in Brett's hometown of Runcorn, as well as on one of the largest online youth-forums in the UK – TheStudentRoom.co.uk. Local media, including the Liverpool Echo and BBC Radio Merseyside, have also interviewed Brett.
In 2012, Brett spent three months working on a sexual and reproductive health programme in Uganda as an ICS volunteer with Restless Development.
“It was an honour to be asked to appear in the advert!”
In the advert, Brett shares how his experience on the ICS programme changed his job prospects:
“I didn’t have great job prospects and I wasn’t very independent or confident. Going to Uganda with Restless Development changed all that. I’ve grown a lot – it’s been incredible."
ICS offers 18-25 year olds the opportunity to contribute to long-term development projects in all of Restless Development’s Country Programmes. One of the three objectives of ICS is the personal development of the national and international volunteers. The scheme offers young people the chance to develop and learn about team working and leadership on projects that are of genuine value to communities. On return to the UK, ICS volunteers undertake an ‘Action at Home’ project, ensuring that their new skills also benefit their local communities. National volunteers also complete an ‘Action at Home’ project, helping to ensure their ICS placement is sustainable.
Since returning from Uganda in January, Brett has started working at Young Addaction, a drugs and alcohol project in Runcorn. He also volunteers at Canal Boat Adventure Project, where he’s involved in running a number of projects including Young Campaigner, MAD Halton (Young Advisors) and National Citizen Service. He also volunteers for Catch22 and Liverpool's Housing Trust.
Norma Hornby from Canal Boat Adventure Project said:
"Brett's progress since he returned from Restless Development’s volunteering project in Uganda has been almost meteoric. He has taken a real leadership role within our organisation, made a radical impact on the way borough-wide services for young people are delivered, and has secured paid employment. I anticipate that he will be offered an apprenticeship linked to professional training in the new year."
Brett has some advice for young people who are considering applying for ICS:
“Just be confident, committed and ready for a challenge, and you can go and make your mark in the world. ICS is for young people who are ready to give something back and gain experiences, opportunities and have a great time.”
Danielle Murray, 20, also from Runcorn, will be following in Brett’s footsteps when she goes to Uganda in January 2013 on an ICS placement. She will spend 12 weeks living and working with local young people on a project to fight poverty and raise awareness of sexual and reproductive health issues.
“I have always been passionate about global poverty, and I’m interested in learning about other cultures. I’m excited about living and working with young Ugandan volunteers too.”
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