Posted: 25 February 2016

Improving my confidence with volunteering

This Student Volunteering Week we have been talking to some of our student volunteers to find out how they support the children and young people we work with. Momena is a Criminology and Psychology student at Manchester Metropolitan University who has been volunteering as a befriender with us.

1. Where do you study and what course are you doing?

I am studying at the Manchester Metropolitan University where I am doing Combined Honours in Criminology and Psychology

2. Why did you get involved as a volunteer with us?

I first got involved to gain voluntary experience that will look good on my CV but when I started the training and learned what The Children’s Society is about and what they do to help individuals, my purpose of getting involved as a volunteer changed. Now I am a volunteer in the hope of making a difference in a young person’s life.

3. What is your volunteer role with us? What is a typical day?

I am a volunteer mentor, mentoring a young person.

On a typical day, I meet up with my young person (one-to-one) and spend the day together doing an activity. This varies every time we meet up. It can be the cinema, restaurant or ice-skating. We talk about normal and everyday things. It is like you are out with a friend.

4. What has been your favourite experience of your volunteering? Why?

Meeting and getting to know my young person.

When being matched with a young person, you only know their likes and hobbies, apart from that you do not know anything else. So by meeting someone completely new and getting to know them and seeing them being themselves and expressing themselves honestly with you is my favourite experience.

5. How has volunteering with us helped you with your studies? Have you gained new skills?

The Children’s Society has helped immensely with my confidence and has strengthened my ability to face different situations.

6. What would you say to other students who are interested in volunteering with us?

 I would strongly advise them to go for it. The team are extremely helpful and friendly and the whole experience is so rewarding and will give you skills that will help you in the long run.

7. What would be your three top tips to new student volunteers to make the most out of their experience?

1) Be open minded

2) Don’t be afraid to be yourself, it will make you stand out and you will enjoy the whole experience better

3) Ask for help if needed. You are not alone in this.

Get involved

If you want to volunteer like Momena then head over to our volunteering page to find out more. 

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