‘Volunteering has given me experience in so many different areas’

I started volunteering at Wessex Cancer Trust through a volunteering module in the second year of my BA Hons degree in Theology, Religion & Ethics at Winchester University.

One of my first tasks was to arrange a celebration to thank some of the people who had run the London Marathon to raise money for the Charity.  It was a fantastic experience to put on an event on a limited budget and use my organisational skills to make sure it all went smoothly and everyone enjoyed themselves. After that, I was asked if I’d like to become a befriender at the Cosham centre. I was really worried at first because I wasn’t sure if I would have the right skills. I knew it would be very different to organising an event! But I soon realised that most people just appreciate seeing a friendly face. It’s amazing to know how much of a difference you can make to the lives of people living with cancer  -  often just by listening to them over a cup of tea and introducing them to other clients who can then all support each other.         

Not only has volunteering helped me build new skills and enhance my CV, doing something which helps to brighten someone’s day is such a good feeling. 

After my exams, I’m hoping to go on to do an MA in Social Work, and volunteering has played a massive part in that decision.  I love being a befriender and hope to continue doing it for many years to come!