Previous Volunteering Case Studies

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Sophie Dunlop, Health Studies

Who are you volunteering for?
The National Autistic society

Why did you want to volunteer?
I wanted to make a difference to someone. The Befriending scheme was a chance to help a teenager with aspergers or autism. I was paired up with my befriendee and at first he was really shy. In the last few months he has attended youth clubs i have ran and we have even done a couple of car boots sales which normally is a challenging situation for a teenager with aspergers but with my support he relished this situation and wants to do more! I met with him between 1 and 3 hours every week. we do different activities such as playing on the wii, going to nottingham on the train, shopping in mansfield, bowling and the cinema.

What do you feel you have gained from your volunteering?

I feel as though i have grown as a person and i feel as i have become a better person through volunteering. I have developed my skills as a listener and i am always having to think on my feet.

Are you glad you volunteered through DSU Volunteering?
Yes because i have been recognised for what i have achieved with my befriendee.

 

Mohsin Khalifa, English Language & Creative Writing

Why did you want to volunteer?
To keep away from trouble! To give something back, for the experience, meet up with new friends, socialise, add something to my CV, help out, and make me a better human being.


Who are you volunteering for?
Since the beginning of the academic year I have volunteered for the English Cafe which is for international students who want to make friends and increase the usage of their English.

What do you feel you have gained from your volunteering?
I have made new wonderful friendships that will last me my whole life. It is lovely listening to international students lives over here and how they compare it with life back home and the different cultures. I also maybe learn a few basic words from their own language!

 

Pippa Sanger, Fine Art

Who are you volunteering for?
LEBC and additional children's activity days

What does that entail?
Usually workshops with team building and learning new skills exercises with primary-secondary school age groups

What do you feel you have gained from your volunteering?
I have gained valuable work experience with how to approach teaching exercises to a range of different age groups. I have learned a lot about myself with lesson preparation and presenting skills to a class.

Are you glad you volunteered through the DSU Volunteering?
Yes. I would recommend volunteering with DSU to any student as DSU covers volunteering with any subject of interest.

 

Ahmad Teladia, Psychology

Who are you volunteering for?
Platform2, LEBC, Morsbags, DSU

What does that entail?
Many different things from volunteering overseas and helping day in day out with various activities mainly as teaching aids, to volunteering as a Right to Read helper an hour a week where we provide a base to help primary students improve their reading skills.

What do you feel you have gained from your volunteering?
A great sense of achievement by being able to offer my help in some situations to those who need it most. Being able to organise my time better and making it more productive.

Are you glad you volunteered through DSU Volunteering?
Absolutely, I've met some great people! Volunteering is more than just about gaining expereience for the future and wanting to enhance your CV. It allows you to understand yourself especially if you volunteer in the activities that take you out of your comfort zone. Volunteering gives you the means to truly appreciate what you have and make a difference whether it be locally or globally - one change at a time.

 

Lucinda Inns, English and History

Who are you volunteering for?
DSU SECS Clinic, Girl Guiding UK and NHS Chlamydia Screening Programme

What does that entail?
At the SECS Clinic I give advice to students on safe sex, sexual health, STI's and pregnancy etc. With Girl Guides I help lead 20-25 girls aged 10-14 in a programme of balanced activities supported by GG UK including badges and camps. For the Chlamydia Screening Programme I volunteer at various events in the DSU to promote the testing of Chlamydia and to encourage general sexual health amongst students.

What do you feel you have gained from your volunteering?
Many skills - team work, organisational skills, leadership qualities, planning and timing, public speaking, confidence. I have gained friends and contacts to develop my career into teaching especially working with young people.

 

Sam Nicholson, Creative Writing & Journalism

Why did you want to volunteer?
I wanted to give back to the community I lived in while preparing myself for the working world.

Who are you volunteering for?
Mainly Demon Media, Hazel Primary School, Hums Connect and DSU, taster trails.

What do you feel you have gained from your volunteering?
It's given me excellent life experience in fields I want to work in. It has also given me lots of things to put in my portfolio for my degree, as well as improved my CV. I am more confident and I've made lots of new friends. It's has just been the best experience ever. I've loved every moment and want to keep volunteering in the future, even though it might not be in Leicester.

 

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