‘I wanted to do something worthwhile in the community’
by Lauren Cammock Student volunteer This week is Student Volunteering Week, a nationwide celebration of student volunteering. We’ll be celebrating the efforts of Marie Curie student volunteers every day this week by asking some of them to tell us what it’s like to volunteer while studying. Lauren Cammock volunteers in her local Marie Curie Shop on Belmont Road in Belfast. She studies Civil and Environmental Engineering at Queen’s University, Belfast and is in the second year of her degree. I chose to volunteer as, being a student, I have a lot of free time during the holidays. I wanted to do something worthwhile in the community and help raise money for charity at the same time. I chose Marie Curie as I admire the work the nurses do to care for people with terminal illnesses. I volunteer at my local Marie Curie Shop and a typical shift for me involves sorting through donations, rotating stock, helping out on the cash register and chatting to the customers that are having a browse. Volunteering in a shop means I have to be really good at multitasking throughout the day, making sure the front of shop is always attended to while at the same time organising the donations that come in… always a challenge! My favourite part of volunteering is meeting and socialising with people outside of the university environment. I love being part of a team and being involved with others. I’ve met some really interesting and inspirational people from various walks of life through volunteering, and it’s great to hear their stories, thoughts and opinions. One piece of advice I would give to other students would be to definitely get involved in some volunteering while at university. It is probably the best time to do something like this when you have a flexible schedule. I’ve gained a wide range of transferable skills that will be useful in the future, and I now have an insight into how businesses work. After I graduate I hope to be building fantastic structures and, who knows, one day I could be developing a state of the art Marie Curie building or shop! To find a volunteering role that suits you, search though our current opportunities and apply online at mariecurie.org.uk/volunteering .