Congratulations to our Active Schools Volunteer of the Month winner for April – Julie Johnstone
Active Schools Coordinator Lisa Male said, "Julie has been a brilliant volunteer over the past couple of years. She has a fantastic way of working with the young people and her passion for sport really shines through."
Meet Our Volunteer of the Month
Name: Julie Johnstone
Occupation: Full time Mum (former Chemical Engineer)
Favourite sport / activity: Netball (from my younger days) and now Boccia
How long have you been a volunteer with Active Schools? About 2 years
How did you get involved with Active Schools? Through my youngest son who started attending a disability sports class and discovered a love of Boccia.
What do you enjoy most about volunteering? Seeing the children participating and enjoying themselves at the clubs.
How has being a volunteer with Active Schools benefited you? I have been able to develop my knowledge and skills within leading Boccia by attending various courses.
Describe your most memorable moment from your time as a volunteer with Active Schools? It has to be the indoor snowball fight we had at the disability multi sports club during the last session before Christmas – everyone (children and helpers alike) loved it!
What would you like to be doing in 5 years time? Supporting my son in his dream to play Boccia at the Paralympics.
What advice would you give to anyone thinking about becoming a volunteer? Go for it – you get so much out of it whilst helping others to have fun.
If you could try one sport that you've never done before what would it be? When I was younger I always wanted to try the flying trapeze!
If you were left on a desert island and could take with you a luxury item, a book, and a piece of music. What would they be and why? My luxury item would have to be a comfortable mattress because you can't beat a good night's sleep! My book would be The Complete Works of Shakespeare as I have an ambition to read it without having to answer exam questions afterwards and I might have the time to finally attempt that. My piece of music would be Black Velvet by Alannah Myles as it reminds me of my sixth form years and I've loved it since I first heard it.