Volunteer James’ insightful experience

The Children's Trust Blogger

I first heard about volunteering opportunities at The Children’s Trust through a family friend, who provided me with details of the great work that the charity does. I started volunteering for The Children’s Trust in December in the I.T., Strategy and Governance department and was lucky enough to attend a Christmas lunch held for the staff and volunteers to celebrate their hard work and dedication throughout the year. This was a fantastic moment to be introduced to the team and gain an insight into their roles. ‘‘"...being able to view such positive social change within an organisation which supports society’s most vulnerable age groups is extremely rewarding"’’James, Volunteer I was also provided with an introductory day, where I was given an onsite tour, as well as being personally introduced to members of the senior leadership team in a day of presentations. I was immediately made aware of the passion and pride that staff members have for their jobs and individual roles, whether this be onsite in one of the schools, or assisting in one of the organisation’s charity shops. Volunteer james holds up a handwritten sign that reads "I enjoy volunteering because the staff are so supportive and engaging." #SVW2018Volunteer James enjoys his role at The Children's Trust After volunteering for the last two months, I have been completing a project concerning policies. As well as this, I have been working with members of staff to support them with my transferable skills gained through University and past employment. In terms of choosing to volunteer, I aim to use my experience to further my skills within the charity sector for future employment. I am a Geography graduate, so being able to view such positive social change within an organisation which supports society’s most vulnerable age groups is extremely rewarding. I am now moving on to different projects with different teams, including working on fundraising events such as Ride London. I am enjoying meeting new staff members almost every day when I am working at here, which I believe is something quite unique. I would recommend volunteering at The Children’s Trust to anyone seeking an engaging work environment, with welcoming staff members who have fully supported me on my volunteering journey.

Student Volunteering Week

From the 19 – 25 February 2018 we’re celebrating Student Volunteering Week (SVW). The annual celebration of the contribution that students make in their communities and local charities through volunteering.  It’s a time to thank those students who volunteer with us for giving their time, and promote new opportunities, encouraging students across the country to get involved with The Children’s Trust. Student volunteering at The Children’s Trust has increased. In 2016 we only had 64 people aged 13 – 25 volunteering us. In 2017 we had over 350, volunteering in our shops, at events, completing work experience and doing internships. Big thank you to every student who has volunteered with us, giving us the chance to better support children and young people with brain injury and neurodisability.