This Student Volunteering Week we’re telling the stories of just some of the fantastic volunteers at De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU). Here’s Tim Baker from the Music Society…
Why did you get involved in Volunteering at DSU?
The SU is central to so much of what being at University is about and the societies are a big part of that. When I started University I joined the Music Society and became a part of a friendly and supportive community of like-minded people which has been a huge part of my DMU experience ever since. I felt strongly about the importance of the society and decided to run for chairman, which I was awarded! I wanted to continue the work of the society and improve it further to include more people and be even more supportive. It has been incredibly rewarding and feel that along with the other committee members, I have helped to improve the Uni experience for lots of students.
What is the best experience you have had whilst volunteering?
Watching our members, some of which have never performed in front of people before, absolutely nail their performances at our monthly Showcases never fails to fill me with an overwhelming sense of pride. I feel so privileged to be able to help them overcome their nerves, improve their skills and give them a chance to perform at a well established local venue in front of a crowd. I love it
What would you say to anyone thinking about volunteering?
I would encourage anyone who can to get involved. We are very lucky to have the SU as a resource while we are studying, so take advantage of it and help to keep it going. It is also fantastic for employability, as even in the few short months I have been doing this I have gained recognition from professionals both at University and at various local companies
Tim (left) is chair of DSU's Music Society.