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SpunOut's motto is "by young people, for young people" and our volunteers are essential to this!

Among other things, our volunteers submit articles, videos and podcasts for the website. By sharing their stories and opinions, they aim to support, encourage, educate and engage their peers. Each month we're blown away by the content we receive and we love giving young people the opportunity to have their say.

While we value the contribution made by all our volunteers, we want to give a little shout out to one volunteer a month for their work! 

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Congratulations to Ailbhe DeCastro for her article "Why I'm taking a break from my phone and social media."

Ailbhe's article was voted the article of the month by our volunteers. In her article, Ailbhe talks about how she used to check her phone constantly, until she realised it was having a negative impact on other areas of her life. She talks about the positive steps she has put in place to limit her time on her phone.


Congratulations to Criodan O'Murchu for his article "How scientific facts are being drowned out on social media."

Criodan's article was voted article of the month by our volunteers. In his piece Criodan talks about the anti-vaccination movement and climate change denial and why they're so dangerous. Criodan argues that it's important to do thorough research on these important issues and to make sure you're getting information from legitimate sources. 


Our March article of the month is called "Why I'm feeling inspired after the Climate Action Strike" by Sionnach Frost. The piece looks at the energy and drive of young people following the  Climate Action Strikes that were inspired by Greta Thunburg. 


Lots of excellent articles this month that we just couldn't pick one! 

Here are the top three volunteer articles for May, as voted for by volunteers. 

1. Aine Ahern - Why being busy is not always good for our minds

2. Amanda Roche - 6 tips for raising issues with your boss 

3. Kyle McGee - My journey to look after my mental health 

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If you're interested in sharing your experiences, advice and stories to support young people across Ireland, you can learn more about our volunteering opportunities here.

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Published Feb­ru­ary 21st2019
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