Over 68 teenagers aged between 16-18 arrived in Knock on Sunday 19th June to take part in the first training day of two for this years programme of Volunteer at Knock Shrine (VAKS).
These outstanding young people had travelled from near and far, namely Athenry, Balla, Ballyhaunis, Castlebar, Claremorris, Kiltimagh, and Tuam.
They took part in a 5 hour training session gaining skills in everything from Communications to Sign Language, while learning all about the story of Knock and its recent development of the Witness to Hope Centre.
They will come back again next Sunday for the final part of their training, gaining further skills in manual handling, liturgy, and first aid.
Once this training has been completed, they will then be divided into various groups, and will be allocated one weekend of the summer where they will come and volunteer in Knock for an entire weekend, putting everything they have learnt into practice – not only enhancing their own life experience but making a difference in the lives of all those they will meet on the Shrine.
Check out the photos below to witness some of the fun that was had at our first training day.