Even though the UK is in the grip of a heatwave, our student volunteers did not seek out somewhere cool to go to on Wednesday 13 July, far from it. Instead, twenty seven of them spent several hours working across three city centre British Heart Foundation stores helping out on a taster day event.
Even though the UK is in the grip of a heatwave, our student volunteers did not seek out somewhere cool to go to on Wednesday 13 July, far from it. Instead, twenty seven of them spent several hours working across three city centre British Heart Foundation stores helping out on a volunteer taster day event.
Their mission was to sort out all the goods that the public had donated so that they could be made ready and put on sale in the shops.
It was extremely tough in the heat, but that did not deter the volunteers as they worked alongside store staff to sift through all the donations.
Tracy Reay, SU Volunteering and Community Coordinator, said:
“I would not have been surprised if our students had second thoughts about coming to work on the super sorter volunteer taster day as it was so incredibly hot".
“However, true to their word, they all showed up and were willing and able to do what was expected of them. The BHF team were very impressed with their work ethic and made sure that they took regular drinks breaks so that they didn’t get too dehydrated.
“Our volunteer taster days are short, one-off volunteering events which give students a taste of what volunteering can be like. More often than not, they have so much fun that they come back for more and firm friendships are formed.”
Volunteer taster days take place several times during term times and are always very popular. As well as giving students some valuable working experience, it also provides them with a chance to earn a digital badge which they can include on their online profiles.
“The importance of volunteering can never be underestimated. Not only is it good experience in team working, but you pick up all kinds of other skills as well which can all contribute to your future career prospects.”
If you are interested in volunteering, please visit the volunteering page on the CU website where you can also sign up for our newsletter.