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Wed 20 Oct 2021

How volunteering has helped me

By Abigail Hill, Volunteer Officer at Tenovus Cancer Care.

I joined the Tenovus Cancer Care Team as a Volunteer Development Officer just a few months ago and am thrilled to have been recently promoted to Volunteer Officer. As someone who has always loved volunteering and seen the positive impact it can have on our local communities, I’m excited to be playing a key role in developing the charity’s volunteer community.

Coming from an Events & Operations background, working in the volunteering sector is something I have always wanted to do but never done before, despite having organised many fundraisers such as a Zumbathon, Trampoline Dodgeball Event and Afternoon Teas.

I‘m also not a stranger to volunteering. I have volunteered several times before which has given me a good insight into how charities work, and the huge impact volunteers have.

During my time as a University of South Wales student, I completed my internship with a charity. This helped me gain knowledge of the Third Sector, gain new skills and prepare me for the real world of working. I really enjoyed my time as an intern. I was given a project to do, to create, manage and launch an event. Without this experience I would have felt less prepared when I left university.

I applied for the role at Tenovus Cancer Care to give back to the community. I am happy to say that I am really enjoying my role as Volunteer Officer. During my interview I asked my interviewees what they liked about working at the charity. Their response was that they love making a difference and the colleagues they work with. I went onto ask how long they have been with the charity, and both said five plus years. To me, this meant that it’s a great place to work, and now I know first-hand that is true.

Although we’re all working from home, our team did meet up safely in the park, which was great except hilariously I forgot a few names as my colleagues were not on a screen with their name tag at the bottom left-hand side! Aside from some temporary name mix-ups (I am getting better at this), at the end of each working day, I can turn my laptop off happily knowing that alongside our fantastic team of volunteers I am making an impact to the people whose lives are affected by cancer.

Our brilliant community of volunteers are everything and we really couldn’t do what we do without them. There is such a variety of volunteer opportunities from Warehouse roles and Retail to IT and Admin, just to name just a few! So, if you’re considering volunteering for Tenovus Cancer Care, don’t hesitate, sign up today! Get in touch by emailing volunteer@tenovuscancercare.org.uk or head to our website to check out our latest opportunities tenovuscancercare.org.uk/volunteer and we’ll be in touch.

If you or someone you love has been affected by cancer, our free cancer Support Line is there for you. Just call 0808 808 1010