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.