Posted: 03 June 2015

Volunteers' Week: 'The Children’s Society is a very worthwhile charity to get involved in'

In celebration of Volunteers' Week, we spoke to Zak, a Corporate Ambassador, about how he works with local businesses to raise vital funds to support our work.

Find out more about Volunteers' Week. 

Why did you choose to volunteer with us and how did you get involved?

The main reason I wanted to volunteer is because I wanted to give my time up for a particular cause, and it was mainly children’s charities that I wanted to get involved in. I looked around the different charities and The Children’s Society caught my eye.

When I looked at the work you do and the impact you make I just thought it was right for me, because I am passionate about helping disadvantaged children and young people, and your values seemed best suited to me.

What is your volunteer role with The Children’s Society? What is a typical day?

As a corporate ambassador I arrange talks and network with local businesses in order to raise awareness about our important work with disadvantaged children and young people and try to create partnerships with them. This might be through fundraising on a one-off event, such as organising a fundraising activity, or taking part in one of our challenge events as a team building activity, or creating a long term partnership with them. As well as organising, or taking part in our events, they can also set up payroll giving, where the company donates to us straight from their salaries before tax is deducted.

So I approach them and tell them what we do, and then I ask them what kind of things they would like to give back and how they want to do it and how often, and then I just keep up to date with them.

'You will feel a lot of pride and satisfaction if you volunteer here.' 

What have you enjoyed most about volunteering with us?

It’s meeting the people from different businesses and explaining to them about the work we do. Also, when I have had the opportunity to visit our programmes in Lancashire and see the work we do with young people.

It makes me proud to be part of it, and I really enjoy talking to people about the impact of our work. When I speak to people about it, often they hadn’t realised that’s what we do and the impact we make. I enjoy being able to tell people about it, and raise awareness about the great work The Children’s Society does for children and young people.

Can you share a highlight of your volunteering?

I am currently organising a fundraising event, which I am really looking forward to. I’ve enjoyed being able to go out and meet people to tell them about it. I am inviting businesses to attend, and hope that it will raise money to support the work that we do, so that we can continue to make a difference to the lives of the children and young people we work with.

What have you gained from volunteering with us?

The main thing is an open mind. I have been quite lucky in life with the things I have been given and support I have received, so seeing the different ways that many young people live, and knowing that we can do something to change that has enabled me to have a more open mind.

What would you say to other people who are interested in volunteering with The Children’s Society?

Definitely do it. The Children’s Society is a very worthwhile charity to get involved in. You will feel a lot of pride and satisfaction if you volunteer here

What would be your three top tips to new volunteers?

  1. Get involved! Get stuck in and get the ball rolling!
  2. Be confident, don’t be afraid to approach people and tell them about it
  3. Enjoy your experience, so you get the most out of it

 

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