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Heart-warming volunteering in the heat

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.

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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.

Tracy added:

“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.

 

Comments

Tanisha Kalair
10:27pm on 5 Aug 22 I feel delighted to share my experience of volunteering with Tracy and Rudy who gave us opportunity to join them in mission of sorting out goods for sale that was donated by people. It was my very first volunteering in England and working with other people was Fun and cheerful. BHF Team was very supportive and they provide us breaks with proper drinks and good meal on high temperature day to keep us energetic and hydrated. I made so many new friends as well. and AM LOOKING FORWARD FOR MORE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES FOR MYSELF IN FUTURE.
Sumeet Agarwal
7:27pm on 4 Aug 22 Thanks Tracy and Thanks Alison.
Uday Anilbhai Vachhani
4:51pm on 18 Jul 22 This was my second volunteer work, and I get to do what I love more and more each time. I enjoy meeting new people and assisting others through these kinds of activities. Every time I participate in it, I gain new qualities and skills. I appreciate the chance you gave me.
Jophy Deol Jose
3:30pm on 14 Jul 22 I’m glad I was a participant of this event. It helped us gain valuable teamworking skills and contributed to an overall fun time with new people.
Alison Bushnell
1:28pm on 14 Jul 22 It was really nice to read about your first experience at volunteering, Sumeet. I am so happy that you are going to continue. It is a great way to meet new people that are not on your course and the experience you get is so worthwhile. Please do check out the opportunities page on the Coventry University student portal as well. There are lots of other things, not just volunteering, that you might be interested in which will truly enhance your student experience while you are with us. Best wishes, Ali
Tracy Reay
12:20pm on 14 Jul 22 Thank you for your lovely feedback Sumeet, it was lovely to meet you and I look forward to seeing you for more volunteering experiences.
Sumeet Agarwal
10:01pm on 13 Jul 22 This was my first volunteering activity in UK , It was one of the best and wonderful experience I had . I look forward for more and more volunteering activity and see myself learning so many things . As Tracy Said " The importance of volunteering can never be underestimated " . Thanks a lot Tracy :-)
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