Volunteering

Our Student Volunteers

Molly

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Molly is currently studying for her A-Level’s.  She sings in two choirs, plays in three ensembles as well as playing in the City of Leeds youth orchestra.  Here, she discusses her role as a volunteer Befriender.  

Why did you want to become a volunteer?

“I sought a volunteering role to help with my forthcoming application for medical school.  I was recommended the Wilberforce Trust and thought this organisation is a perfect fit for my future aspirations.  I hoped to learn new skills and to build on the skills I already have.

What do you enjoy as a volunteer?

I was put in touch with Stephen whom I visit every Sunday as a Befriender.  Stephen enjoys baking so we have done this together most weeks.

I am enjoying helping someone who needs that extra bit of support and this helps Stephen do something that he may not otherwise get a chance to do.  I know Stephen and I both look forward to my visits each week.  We laugh a lot and generally have an enjoyable time.  I have learned how to work in a partnership and guide someone with disabilities to help them do tasks that they may have thought were beyond their capabilities.

Would you recommend volunteering to others, and why?

I would recommend to anyone who has even just an hour a week to volunteer for the Wilberforce Trust as it definitely can make a difference to someone’s life and through that, you yourself get a great sense of pride”.


Adam

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Adam has recently joined the Trust as a volunteer, here he talks about why he is volunteering and what he hopes to gain from the experience.

Adam is also studying for his A-Levels and enjoys rugby, rowing and playing guitar (and like Molly somehow still has time to volunteer with us!)

Why did you want to become a volunteer?

“I have had many experiences in relation to disability, supporting a close member of my family, and have developed an interest in continuing this support to others.  I believe that the Wilberforce Trust is the place where I can make the most difference in the lives of people who truly need our support.

As an aspiring medic with the future ambition of medical school, I hope the experience of volunteering in this role will teach me more about the nature of general care and will help to smooth the transition into the next tier of my education and working life.  There is no more satisfying feeling than knowing that the things that make you who you are can have such positive effects on the lives of others.

What do you enjoy as a volunteer?

I have found the Wilberforce Trust to be a unique charity, in terms of the support and guidance they have given me throughout the application process.  The help I have received and the good nature of the people who I have spoken with is a testament to the Trust’s own commitment towards welcoming and supporting newcomers.”


Chloe

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Chloe is a final year English literature student with a passion for contemporary literature, in particular, work by newly-emerging writers.  Her main hobby is (surprise, surprise) writing, mainly poetry and short fiction.

Why did you want to become a volunteer?

The Story Coordinator role was recommended to me by a friend.  The position sounded perfect; I love talking and engaging with people and the writing aspect was very appealing too.  I hadn’t heard about the trust initially, but I soon learned it had been in York for a very long time and has done so much amazing work to support people with hearing and sight loss. Also, I’m always keen to learn and the sensory awareness course was interesting and packed with information I’ve been able to share with those around me and apply to my day-to-day interactions.  Finally, sight and hearing loss can affect anyone, so I think it’s important to talk with people who have gone through it and to learn about all the ways we can make our environments more user-friendly for those with sensory loss.

In what ways do you hope volunteering might help you in the future and how do you think that it enhances your experience as a student?

Volunteering for the Trust, particularly within this role, helps me hone my writing and interview skills, whilst also improving interpersonal skills, as I engage with many people from varied backgrounds.  All of these are great skills to have that will only be of benefit in my future career.  Similarly, gaining work experience as a student will make future job applications more competitive, as it demonstrates an ability to manage time effectively and contribute in both an independent and team capacity to a much bigger picture.

Would you recommend volunteering to other students, and why?

I definitely would!  Time commitments are flexible as well, so students can fit it around their university timetable.  You’ll also have the opportunity to meet some absolutely fascinating people, which is really important; when you spend three years in a university environment you can become stuck in a bubble and not get the most varied view of the world around you.  So, to sum up: you’ll gain some wonderful skills and meet lovely people!

 

Now is the time to get involved and help us to make a difference to the children and adults living with a sensory impairment across Yorkshire.  To join our growing group of volunteers, please complete our Enquiry form.  To learn more about becoming a volunteer at the Wilberforce Trust continue to our volunteer page.   

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