How did you find out about Volunteering?
I am a member of the college student council which involves managing events and activities within College including the food bank and charity events.
What type of activities do you usually do when you volunteer?
Foodbank – as part of this I donate a lot of food myself along with my peers. I also organise collections and when the food is collected I assist with transporting it from the college to the collection vehicle.
Comic Relief – as part of this I organised the ‘guess the name of the bear’ competition, as well as selling tickets and organising the prize draw. We raised a massive £970 for Comic Relief.
Before I started college, I volunteered with AQA and the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust in the ‘Unlocking Potential’ scheme where we worked with athlete mentors to organise a community charity event. We organised a sponsored run and collected donations from family, friends and the local community.
How has your volunteer role changed during the Coronavirus pandemic?
Most of it actually started in the pandemic since starting college in September. It has made it more difficult as there has been opportunities I would have liked to do but couldn’t pursue due to Covid restrictions but I haven’t let this stop me and it has helped me be more motivated to volunteer in college.
What do you like about your Volunteer role?
I like that I can help people and that they will never know it will be me and they don’t have to worry about where the help comes from. In the past, there has been people I wanted to help but they didn’t feel comfortable with me helping them.
How has volunteering made a difference to you?
Volunteering has helped me meet new people and build relationships. These are people that I wouldn’t have probably got to know otherwise. It has also lead to other opportunities for me outside of college, for example, the foodbank that comes into college to collect donations have offered me a summer placement at their shop. It has also helped me a lot with my confidence as I have spoken to people I wouldn’t usually talk to. It gives me a purpose that I was lacking at one point in my life. I have learnt a lot about managing my time and making sure I prepare for things such as activities relating to events.
Is there anything else you would like to tell us about your volunteering experience?
I am really interested in starting my own charity because I have had struggles in life and I have seen other people struggle for reasons they shouldn’t have to. The impact it can have is extreme and I feel like so much of this can be prevented with minimal cost, so many opportunities are missed by people for reasons that could be avoided and it’s unfair that people have to miss out on things. I feel like it’s my job to help these people and reach their potential.
Find out more
You can find out more about Mirfield College’s enrichment programme and volunteering here: https://www.mirfieldcollege.co.uk/student-enrichment/