Volunteering is something I have always enjoyed doing. I first started volunteering way back in primary school, well before I joined the lively and exciting volunteering community at Brunel. Every single opportunity that I have volunteered for gives me great happiness and pleasure. Helping people, seeing them smile, hearing their feedback – these are all just a few of the things that make volunteering so special and unique in its own way.
Volunteering is not just helping at a charity shop. It can mean anything from cleaning a garden at a local old age hospice to tutoring school children at a local school. I always put my heart and soul into every single volunteering opportunity that I partake in. For me, volunteering is not about the number of hours you do or the award itself, it’s about being able to give back to the community and being able to make a small change in today’s fast paced and ever changing world.
During my second year, I got involved with every single volunteering opportunity that I could get my hands on. This ranged from Be Brunel, Union Events, Good Deed Day, One World Week, Fresher’s Week, BV Dinner and many more! Every single opportunity has been unique and challenging in its own way and it has developed me further as an individual, providing invaluable learning and honing my people skills along the way. You also meet some amazing people and make long lasting friendships.
Hence why I firmly believe that volunteering is an amazing and worthwhile experience that should be embraced by one and all. As the saying goes, better late than never! I’ll never stop volunteering even after I graduate as it is something very close to my heart and something I love and thoroughly enjoy doing. I’ll always keep volunteering when I can and wherever I get the opportunity to!
I started volunteering by helping out with the Brunel buddies social and it went so well that I decided to join Brunel Volunteers and help out with many events like the Holy Trinity Night, The Big 50th Quiz Night, Christmas Market, Good Deeds Day, Neon Night Run and many more. I was able to meet people from different aspects of life and learnt different experiences. Through volunteering, I was able to secure a good Placement for my course and gained lots of communication and social skills that also helps at interviews. I would highly recommend new students to join Brunel Volunteers and my only regret is I only joined in my second year because it is definitely worth the skills and experiences.