Our Volunteers Say

Our Volunteers Say

We have asked some of our saintly students that have volunteered to tell us what they thought of their experience. Read on to find out what they got out of volunteering and what you could too.


Charity Action on Hearing Loss is encouraging students and young people to learn new skills and boost their CVs through local volunteering opportunities.

Roles include assisting staff at information stands, delivering talks on hearing health to local groups, supporting hearing aid users and taking part in fundraising events. The charity also offers the opportunity to volunteer on a one off basis, such as helping with the annual Christmas collection in Belfast on Friday 7 December.

Erin, 23, from Bangor, shares her experience of volunteering with the charity:

“I absolutely love volunteering with Action on Hearing Loss as a general and fundraising volunteer. I took on the role of Fundraising and Events Intern for about six months where I researched new fundraising events, manned information stands and interacted with the public at a number of volunteer fairs. I also assisted with the Big Christmas collection in Belfast, participated in case studies for campaigns, completed administrative tasks and took part in training courses. I gained so much from this work experience. I have made so many new friends, brushed up on my sign language skills and grown in confidence. I am more open about my personal experience of being profoundly deaf and hearing loss in general. You can volunteer as much or as little as you like and the whole team are so lovely to work with!”

Norma Kelly, Regional Volunteer Manager, said: “Our volunteers are an essential part of Action on Hearing Loss, enabling us to support people with deafness, tinnitus and hearing loss in Northern Ireland. In return, we provide accredited training, expenses and recognition through our annual Christmas party and Volunteer Awards. If you are 16 or over, you’d like to learn some new skills and become part of our friendly volunteering community I would encourage you to apply!”

The deadline for applications is Friday, 26 October 2018 with induction training taking place in Belfast on Tuesday 13 November and Derry/Londonderry on Friday 16 November. To apply or for more details visit bit.ly/steeryourcareer or contact Norma or Judith at volunteering.ireland@hearingloss.org.uk, 028 9023 9619.


Margarita Petkova
BA Politics, Philosophy and Economics

Tell us about your volunteering experience:
"As the Events Management Coordinator for My Life My Say (a non-profit organisation aiming to engage young people in Politics), I had final responsibility for the events run by the organisation. I had to make sure everything from planning to completion takes place efficiently."

So let’s hear more about you! Answer the following quirky question: If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be?
"Time travel. No doubt."

 


Shauna Wood
MB Medicine

Tell us about your volunteering experience:
"I had been a befriender to a young girl with Downs Syndrome throughout my time at school and I had found it a really rewarding experience. So after hearing about Praxis Care Befriending at Queen’s Volunteer Week last year, I believed it was the perfect fit for me and signed myself up! I have since made a wonderful new friend who I see on a regular basis. We enjoy catching up over a cup of tea and dandering around the shops."
 
What have you gained from this experience?
"I love volunteering with Praxis Care… and being a befriender has not only reinforced things I have already learnt, it has given me a whole new outlook on mental health. My experience will allow me to truly empathise with future patients and has inspired me not only to work in the field of mental health, but to improve it."

For more information on Shauna's inspirational story, click here.
 


Niamh Scullion
Business Management

Tell us about your volunteering experience:
"I'm currently preparing to travel to Florida with Caudwell Children charity for their annual Destination Dreams wish holiday. Destination Dreams is a fully supported holiday for 25 families with a terminally ill or life-limited child. I can't describe how heart-warming it is to see these families forget their worries within the magic of Disney World and make memories that they can look back on forever."


Catriona Henry
Business Management

Tell us about your volunteering experience:
"Throughout my time at Queens I have been highly involved in Enactus Belfast. Enactus is a global non-profit organization that connects students, academics and business leaders using entrepreneurial action to help improve the lives of others. Enactus Belfast runs a range of different projects, one of which I started in 2015; KickStart. KickStart works with young ex-offenders with children, giving them an opportunity to run their own social enterprise which transforms old books into handmade notebooks. This gives them the opportunity to increase their experience, confidence and other employability skills to help break the vicious cycle of re-offending in Northern Ireland, and help these young people provide a positive future for their children.  In my final year of university I undertook the role of President of the society, overseeing the management of 5 projects which ranged from offering free consultancy services to charities in Belfast, to helping tackle homelessness, to helping migrant workers pass the “Life in the UK Test” and thus gain permanent residence in Northern Ireland."


What would you say to anyone who is thinking about taking up a volunteer role?
"My university experience wouldn’t have been the same without spending time volunteering and I have loved it so much, I can’t recommend it to anyone else enough! There are so many opportunities out there so you can always get involved in the things you care about! Volunteering allows you to change the lives of others but also to push yourself out of your comfort zone and increase your own development so much. The skills and experience you can get from volunteering are endless, so whatever your career path or dream job is, the experience you can get from volunteering will always stick with you and help you get there."

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Lucia Kearney
Volunteer SU Manager

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volunteer@qub.ac.uk

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Students' Union

Vivienne Courtney
Volunteer Support Officer

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volunteer@qub.ac.uk

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Margarita Petkova
Volunteer & Community Support Officer

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volunteer@qub.ac.uk

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