Friday – Volunteering will change your life
Seren, 24, NHS Youth Forum
Volunteering has been an incredibly meaningful part of my life since the age of 13 when I started volunteering at a cat home, where I eventually got my first Saturday job. When I was diagnosed with cancer at a young age, I wanted to be part of a bigger picture in being able to improve cancer services for my age group. To do this, I began to volunteer with CLIC Sargent as a member of their Young People’s Reference Group and developed the confidence I needed to put myself forward for other opportunities in the charity sector. That was then I met the founder of the charity I now work for (CATTs, Cancer Awareness for Teens & Twenties) at one of their events, and started to volunteer at my university by setting up my own society, and educating my peers about cancer awareness.
In subsequent years, I’ve gone on to develop a variety in my volunteering that reflects my passions and future career goals, like sitting on health boards for the NHS, hospital and ambulance services alike, and being an Event First Aider for St John Ambulance. As a result, I’ve met some incredible people within my community, been trained in life saving skills, and had my voice heard like never before.
Volunteer, it will shape and change your life!