That experience changed my life and began my platform of volunteering whenever I could"
Posted on 20 Feb 2017
Sam Masaba is a Social Sciences student at UEL. He has been volunteering at Ascension Community Trust to support them with fundraising. This involves searching and applying for grants to support the ongoing work of the trust. Hannah Binley from Ascension says, “Whilst here Sam has written grant applications for us, all of which were either successful or we are awaiting the decision. He has been very enthusiastic about supporting our charity and contributed many ideas about how to improve our sustainability.”
Sam says, “I have always had an interest and been in volunteering before I joined UEL. A friend several years ago in Uganda recommend I volunteer for a children’s charity as a facilitator. That experience changed my life and began my platform of volunteering whenever I could.”
He says his highlight so far was “We secured funding for a Christmas party for children in the community who would have otherwise not have experienced the Christmas spirit. It was held at Ascension Community Church with Father Christmas and gifts for the children.”
Hannah, from Ascension, outlines the value of volunteering: “Volunteering is such a fantastic way to put into practice the skills you are learning at university. The practical application of you learning, reinforces your knowledge tenfold. As an employer I also know how much of a difference it makes when recruiting new candidates if they have experience of working, whether that be voluntary or not.”
Finally, if you are thinking of volunteering Sam thinks you shouldn’t hesitate: “If you would like to know more about yourself, learning something different, making someone else smile or have time on your hands and not sure what to do with it, then join a volunteering team, it will change your life.”