'My time here has given me a fantastic insight into the workings of a small charity' - A few words from Ella on volunteering.
On #GivingTuesday we are celebrating the different ways that people give to our work, here’s Ella, explaining how and why she gives her time to Children on the Edge:
Since the end of September, I have been volunteering for two days a week at Children on the Edge. Having studied Anthropology, and then volunteering abroad with VSO, I was very excited (and surprised!) to discover that an international charity working in Asia and Africa was based in Chichester.
I filled in a volunteering application form straight away and have now been helping out here for 6 weeks. In that short space of time, I have been exposed to a huge range of the work that goes on here at the UK office. So far I have assisted in preparations for the Chichester Half Marathon (a big fundraising event on the Children on the Edge calendar), carried out research into potential corporate partners, sent out appeals, contributed to online campaigns, and assisted with database management.
My time here has given me a fantastic insight into the workings of a small charity, and the staff here have truly made me feel like a valued member of the team, helping me to build skills that will prove invaluable for my future employability. I also know that Children on the Edge is working in places that don’t often receive help from the bigger aid organisations, so even when I’m rolling up wrapping paper all day for the Christmas campaign, I know it is time very well spent!
We are hugely grateful to Ella for dedicating her time, skills and patience to support our work. If you’re interested in volunteering, please do get in touch.