Episode 12: Maria and Matthew

Maria and Matthew

Matthew and Maria

Episode 12 of Volunteer Stories features Maria and Matthew who are studying Social Work at FH St. Pölten in Austria. Both Maria and Matthew have done lots of volunteering including being an entertainment coordinator at a retirement home, being a library assistant, doing street work with young people, and supporting disabled people complete daily tasks, find work, and go on holiday.

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London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Ceremonies volunteers


London 2012 Ceremonies volunteers from the top left clockwise: Denis, Rhiannon, Colin, Dave.

Four years after being a ceremonies volunteer in the Opening and Closing ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games I get to do a radio show all about it! In fact my radio show, Volunteer Stories, was inspired by all of the volunteers I met during London 2012 and the incredible stories they have to tell.

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Volunteer Stories, today, 2pm GMT


Photo: Markus Fanninger

I’ve been excited about today’s radio show for weeks! Finally I get to interview St. Pölten Skate Association. I think it’s super cool that their association is run by volunteers.

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Volunteer Stories 28/4/16


Conny as a Scout

Episode 3 of „Volunteer Stories” sees host Lettice Wigby interview guest Conny about her experience volunteering as a Scout Leader for 6 years in Vienna, Austria. During the interview Lettice and Conny will discuss the types of activities Scouts do, what skills you gain from being a Scout, what the best camp-fire food is, and Conny’s favourite Scouting memories.

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Weekly Round up – Friday 22/4/16

Having finished my sugar fast on Sunday 17th April this week was sweet – very sweet as I made sure to make up for all the missed chocolate and biscuits! But the fast wasn’t completely in vain as I learnt some useful lessons:

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Weekly Round Up – Friday 15/4/16


14-24 Magazin

This week I wrote an article for 14-24 magazin, finished a video about the Filter Europe training event in Austria, and hosted the second episode of Volunteer Stories.

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Weekly Round Up – Friday 8/4/16

Music Video

This week has been challenging as I gave up sugar! Sugar was becoming an addiction for me. I couldn’t go a day without eating chocolate or cake, and I ate sugar-packed foods all day long. Numerous studies show sugar to be extremely unhealthy so I want to cut it out of my life for 14 days and then only eat it occasionally. See my progress in my daily update videos.

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