Check out just some of our volunteer stories following National Student Volunteering Week (11th-15th February)
Annalyse Corlyon - Goudeau, Masters, Dance
"I currently volunteer at 4th Chester (St Mary’s) Rainbow and Brownies unit. I love it as I get to see the girls develop on a weekly basis and become more and more confident, and creative. During our meetings we play games, sing, make arts and crafts, themed decorations, as well as teaching some things to do with the Girlguiding legacy. Here’s a photo of me on World Mental Health Day in October when we had a guide dog puppy come and see the girls, where we learnt about how he’s being trained and when he will go to a visually impaired person in need and help them."
Annika Mozer, Masters, Wildlife Conservation
"My name is Annika and I volunteer for Active Campus, the Patch Challenge and a lot of one-off events at the university but also in the community. Being a Volunteer is an amazing experience. You get to know many different people, which you wouldn’t have met otherwise. You can improve your own skills and try out completely new things. And the best of all, you do something good, you help to make an impact, a difference!"
Chloe Convery, Level 5, Law
"I have various volunteer roles including Student Experience Representative, MRA Law, peer mentoring and with Green Chester. I enjoy volunteering as it means I am able to get involved with a broad range of activities, meet new people and improve my skills and employability. I have noticed a massive jump in confidence and I feel much more prepared for the world of work after University. If you’re nervous about volunteering I would say just take the leap, everyone is so helpful and encouraging!"
Daniel Branch, Level 5, Learning Disability Nursing
"I volunteer with, Samaritans, am President of the Devability society, am a student mentor, a student quality ambassador, Iona community, St John the Baptist church. I have had an amazing time volunteering, I have become better at everything from public speaking to organising myself. My self-confidence has improved. I have had the opportunity to save lives and get a sense of great satisfaction from helping people in need. To people thinking of volunteering, I would encourage them to try it. Even doing a little can make a real difference. It really could change your life. It did change mine along the way."