We would like to introduce you to some of our 98 volunteers as a way of celebrating the work they do during Volunteers' Week.
How long have you been volunteering as an office volunteer with Endometriosis UK?
I have been volunteering at Endometriosis UK since the beginning of January.
What were your motivations for volunteering as a volunteer in the Endometriosis UK office? Why did you choose Endometriosis UK as a charity to volunteer with?
Last year I thought I might have endometriosis and I was referred for a diagnostic laparoscopy. While I didn’t have endometriosis, I did a lot of research in to the condition and learned just how awful this condition is and how little is known about it. As a journalism degree student, one of my modules was to do a work experience placement and so I thought it would be great to volunteer for Endometriosis UK and use my skills as a journalism student to help raise awareness as well as passing my degree – a double win! After my placement was up, I had enjoyed my time at the charity so much that I continued to volunteer once a week.
What is the most rewarding part of your role?
For me, the most rewarding part of my role is knowing that I am able to offer something to hopefully help women in the long run. Endometriosis UK is an amazing charity and they do so much that knowing I can offer something to help is a really rewarding feeling in itself.
What is the most challenging part of your role?
For me the most challenging part of my role is doing justice when you’re telling the stories of these women. Some women have had a really hard time and I think it is important to reflect that, particularly in my work with media.
Sum up your volunteering experience in three words.
Rewarding, Fun, Interesting
What guidance would you give to someone who is considering volunteering as an office volunteer?
My advice would be to throw yourself in to it. You can get so much out of volunteering for a charity but you have to be self-motivated and be interested and care about what you are doing. You also have to be a team player as you will be helping everyone in the office and the tasks change from day to day.
Tell us about something you enjoy doing in your personal time.
In my personal time, I like to read and spend time with my partner and my pooch.