Josh is a post graduate student in Cardiff, volunteering with Tenovus Cancer Care’s People and Development team in his spare time. He enjoys the break volunteering gives him from his studies and values the experience and skills he has gained.
“Volunteering for Tenovus Cancer Care is the perfect opportunity to learn new and valuable skills while helping a charity that does such incredible work in so many different areas of cancer prevention, support and treatment. Volunteering provides fantastic benefits for both the volunteer and the charity. As well as helping a charity that contributes to important research and community care, volunteering also offers a place away from a busy lifestyle or stressful education where you can still spend your time productively and genuinely making a difference.
I volunteer as a Data Entry and Admin Assistant, working with the People and Development department. A big part of my role is to input data into the charity’s database concerning potential and active volunteers offering their time to volunteer with the charity and to make sure data is accurate and up to date. I’m also given plenty of opportunity to participate in other tasks which helps to maintain and develop my knowledge of a variety of general office duties. There are opportunities to volunteer in different areas and learn what other people throughout the office and the charity are working on. Every month one department will give a presentation to inform others of their work and this has helped me to have an understanding of how the teams interact.
The atmosphere in the office is relaxed and informal, and this helps to make the experience of volunteering at Tenovus Cancer Care even more enjoyable. As a volunteer you only need to be able to commit to a small amount of hours a week, and being a full-time postgraduate student this makes it a manageable and a welcome break from my studies while still using my time productively. It’s also really flexible as you’re able to arrange the time you give for volunteering to suit you.
Studies have suggested that volunteering has lots of benefits for your mental and physical health and these include decreasing stress levels, boosting immunity and life satisfaction. I volunteer as part of a really supportive team in an environment where I learn practical skills and experience that help boost employability. Most importantly, volunteering at Tenovus Cancer Care means I can give the free time I am fortunate to have to a charity that makes a real and sustained difference to those that are in need of it.”
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