Fundraising News: Why I Give - Danny Bulloch

Danny Bulloch, a former factory worker, began volunteering for anti-crime charity Nacro after a period of unemployment.

This experience got his career back on track and he now works as a football coach.

When and why did you become involved with Nacro? When I became unemployed about 18 months ago, I moved to Sheffield to join my girlfriend, and found I had a lot of spare time.

I heard about Nacro's 'Kick Off' project through a friend. The project gives young people the opportunity to play football, receive training from qualified coaches and participate in tournaments in and around the city. Because Nacro has a large volunteer base, some volunteers take on the responsibility for liaising between volunteers and staff. As I devoted more and more of my time to the charity, I was offered this role, which enabled me to take part in conferences and meetings around the country.

I've also become a qualified football coach, gaining my Level 1 certificate in coaching.

Approximately how much time or money do you give per year? I give anywhere between 10 and 20 hours per week.

What do you bring to the charities you help? My knowledge of football and my recently acquired coaching skills. This enables me to give young people comprehensive and interesting lessons in football, along with any support and advice they might need. I was very proud to receive an award for 'outstanding contribution' from Aston Villa chairman Doug Ellis at a ceremony at Villa Park football ground last month.

How did volunteering help you in your career? Volunteering for Nacro has opened a lot of doors for me. I have formed my own 'football development group' with the support of the Sheffield City Council. Young people can receive football coaching twice a week, and can access the Level 1 course in coaching football with the option to move to the next level, which would enable them to teach football at most football academies and give them a shot at a career in the game.

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