‘Volunteering is something that I find really rewarding’
by Lucy Johns 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.
Lucy Johns volunteers as a placement student at Marie Curie’s West Yorkshire fundraising office. Lucy studies English at Leeds Trinity University and is in her second year.
Most second year students on my course carry out a six-week placement over January and February. For me, spending my time within a charity was a no-brainer. Charity is something I have had a passion for ever since I was young and working in the third sector is something I would like to do when I graduate. When I heard Marie Curie was looking for a placement student I jumped at the chance. Not only is it a great opportunity to experience what it’s like at a national charity, the cause is so worthy too. The job that Marie Curie Nurses do, day in day out, is absolutely incredible. The support they provide to people, including members of my own family, is completely invaluable.
Being in the thick of it
I am now in my last week of placement, so writing this couldn’t have come at a better time as it allows me to really reflect on my experiences here. When I started my placement, the run up to the Great Daffodil Appeal was just beginning, so that was super exciting. It was good to start in the thick of it, with everyone working towards one major goal. Most of the work I have done has involved talking to collectors and improving the West Yorkshire Twitter page, both of which I really enjoyed. I’ve also had the opportunity to do a lot of other things, including attending regional meetings, getting to know areas for potential fundraising groups, meeting members of current fundraising groups, taking promotional photos for appeals and taking part in collections myself. I’ve had a great time doing my placement, so much so that I plan to continue coming in once a week to help out! Volunteering is something that I find really rewarding, and combining that with something I really enjoy is a win-win situation. If students were thinking about getting involved, I would really encourage it. I hadn’t volunteered for a year or so before coming here but I’m so thankful that I’ll be doing it again. Sparing a few hours a week that would have perhaps been spent watching TV or playing games really is nothing to you, but could be so beneficial to others. If you want to take part in the Great Daffodil Appeal like Lucy, sign up to collect in your local area. To find a volunteering role that suits you, search though our current opportunities and apply online at mariecurie.org.uk/volunteering.