Hearing the words ‘weird, odd, a bit strange’ – young people diagnosed as autistic get this all the time. And there’s so much negativity that goes with that. So at our youth group, we encourage them to ’embrace the weird’. We love diving into their obsessions and learning all about them. And we use humour and playfulness to help the young people learn about social skills. We have a bit of craic with it, celebrating the weird and extraordinary and unusual. I feel like that’s what youth work volunteering needs to be – it’s all about making them feel that they matter.
Faye – embracing the weird
Youth groups in towns and villages around Ireland need local volunteers who can help rebuild our safe and secure spaces for young people. People like Faye, people like you.