Volunteering makes a difference
Jessica Rumble from Porth-y-rhyd near Carmarthen is about to begin her final year of study for a BA degree in Welsh at Cardiff. In her spare time she volunteers for SVC, a student volunteering charity in the city.
How did you become involved with SVC?
I did some volunteering at school before moving to Cardiff. During freshers’ week in my first year I ventured to the Volunteering Fair and decided to take part in the Weekenders project run bySVC. I volunteered for that project for a year, before running the project myself in my second year. Next year, I’ll be the chair of the SVC board of trustees.
Explain a little about SVC’s work
SVC is a charity run by Cardiff University students. We work as volunteers in Cardiff and the surrounding area with older, young, disadvantaged, or vulnerable members of society in a wide variety of different projects.
What kind of project is Weekenders?
Weekenders is a brilliant project that takes young carers on one-day trips once a month in order to offer them a period of respite. We take them on trips to all kinds of places such as bowling, swimming and theme parks.
How does it feel to volunteer?
You certainly feel like you’re making a difference to people’s lives and it’s a lot of fun! The charity also organises many social events for the volunteers such as volunteer balls which is a way of making new friends.
How would you encourage other students to volunteer?
I would advise students to come to the Volunteering Fair to see all the different projects that we run. The next Fair is on 1 October 2012. It’s held in the evening which means that no one has to miss lectures!
What other types of things do you do?
Last year I completed an expedition for the Duke of Edinburgh gold award and this year I am the president of Cardiff University’s Duke of Edinburgh Society.
I have also just completed the three peaks challenge, raising money for the The Railway Children, a charity that helps homeless children. I had to climb Snowdon in Wales, Ben Nevis in Scotland and Scafell Pike in England within 24 hours! It was a difficult but fantastic experience!
Congratulations, Jessica! What are your plans for the future after you graduate with a degree in Welsh?
No idea! I would love to continue to work in the voluntary sector but who knows! I certainly have many relevant experiences which would be advantageous in many different careers.
For further information about the work of SVC visit www.svcardiff.org/