Volunteering Roll of Honour

Matthew Follows, Science and Technology, 2nd Year

Organisation/Project: National Student Pride, MENCAP
Role: Chair, Residential Holiday Leader.
Areas of volunteering: Children, disability, education and literacy, gay, lesbian, bi and transsexual, health, hospitals and hospices, mental health, mentoring.
Type of work: Administration, advice, information and support, befriending, campaigning and lobbying, community work, first aid, national and international events, trusteeship and committee work.
Number of hours: 201 - 250 hours.
What would you say to others about volunteering? “The benefits I gained from volunteering are indescribable.”


Maria Margarita Martescu, Westminster Business School

Organisation/ Project: Oxfam, University of Westminster Investment and Finance Society
Role: Deputy Manager, Vice President.
Area of volunteering: Disaster relief, international aid.
Type of work: Administration, advice, information and support, employee and group volunteering, finance work, fundraising, mentoring, retail and charity shops, teaching, training and coaching, IT.
Number of hours: 201 - 250 hours
What would you say to others about volunteering? “I gained valuable knowledge which offered me an insight into job roles and how I can apply new skills and experience to benefit other organisations. I also developed my personal portfolio, setting each stone towards my future career.”


Jamie Wareham, Media, Arts and Design, 3rd Year

Organisation/Project: UWSU LGBTI Society, National Student Pride, Smoke Radio
Role: President and Secretary, Production Assistant, Presenter.
Area of volunteering: Gay, lesbian, bi and transsexual, human and civil rights, music, politics.
Type of work: Advice, information and support, campaigning and lobbying, entertainment, local events, marketing, PR and media, music.
Number of hours: 151 - 200 hours
What would you say to others about volunteering? “Your time at University isn’t just about study. It’s a period in your life when you develop personally, and volunteering helps you on that journey.”


Waqas Ahmad, Science and Technology, 2nd Year PhD

Organisation/Project: Charles Dickens Museum, Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, University of Westminster.
Role: Museum Assistant, Promotions Volunteer, Events Assistant.
Area of volunteering: Arts and culture, education and literacy, heritage, human and civil rights, museums, race and ethnicity.
Type of work: Administration, advice, information and support, befriending, campaigning and lobbying, fundraising.
Number of hours: 101 - 150 hours
What would you say to others about volunteering? “Make use of the Mayor of London Team London’s volunteering service. You can find opportunities online or contact them directly to get individual help.”


Faye Percival, Science and Technology, 1st Year

Organisation/Project: Aid with Grades and School, Sport Relief Fundraising, Mental Awareness Fundraising, Supporting Families.
Role: Tutor, Fundraiser, Family Supporter.
Area of volunteering: Children, education and literacy, families, homeless and housing, mental health, youth.
Type of work: Advice, information and support, campaigning and lobbying, counselling, fundraising, teaching, training and coaching.
Number of hours: 101 - 150 hours
What would you say to others about volunteering? "Work experience can be compared to dipping your toes in water to see if you like it or not and giving you a real life taste of your chosen career. I love my volunteering work and am often actively found helping out privately. Being a student and volunteering in the same field I am studying has allowed me to expand my knowledge, it has helped on the first steps on my journey to become a councillor and teacher."


Corey Yu, Social Sciences and Humanities, 3rd Year

Organisation/Project: University of Westminster Associates in Schools Scheme (UWAS).
Role: Teaching Assistant.
Area of volunteering: Children, disability, race and ethnicity, youth.
Type of work: Administration, advice, information and support, befriending, caring, community work, mentoring, teaching, training and coaching.
Number of hours: 101 - 150 hours
What would you say to others about volunteering? "The scheme was inspirational, the children offered a raw experience of what being a teacher, mentor and helping others in every day public schools was like. My university course gave me the foundation, but the volunteering stretched my knowledge. Put simply, don't waste a chance to be stretched".


Ronak Maniar, Science and Technology, MSC

Organisation/Project: BAPS Charities, BAPS Swaminarayan Hindu Mandir.
Role: Children’s Department Volunteer.
Area of volunteering: Arts and culture, mentoring, race and ethnicity.
Type of work: Community work, fundraising.
Number of hours: 51 -100 hours
What would you say to others about volunteering? "Doing community work is something you are doing for your own satisfaction, but not just for your own benefit. It’s for you and for your community."


Thema Redman, Science and Technology, MSC

Organisation/Project: Hammersmith and Fulham Mind.
Role: Support Worker.
Area of volunteering: Mental Health
Type of work: Administration, advice, information and support.
Number of hours: 51 -100 hours
What would you say to others about volunteering?  "I would tell them it is a great thing to do, not only for yourself, but for the community. It enables you to develop personally and professionally, and build on the theoretical knowledge from your studies in a practical arena. It also will give you time to figure out which area you want to work in without making career commitments."


Melissa Malanda, Westminster Business School

Organisation/Project: Westminster Business Consultants, For Arriving New Students (FANS), E-Mentoring Scheme for the Business School, Course Representative for BA Business Management 2014, St. John's Ambulance LINKS (active during the Olympics 2012).
Role: Marketing Manager, Course Representative for BA Business Management, Business Management Course FAN, Masters Marketing Management Course FAN, E-Mentor, LINKS First Aider.
Area of volunteering: Entrepreneurship, education and literacy , employment, mentoring, youth.
Type of work: Advice, information and support, business, management and research, counselling, mentoring, marketing, PR and media, national and international events, teaching, training and coaching, youth work.
Number of hours: 150 - 200 hours
What would you say to others about volunteering? "Being involved in great volunteering schemes has taught me to continuously engage in extracurricular activities, learn new skills, and to help others whenever necessary. Being able to impart knowledge to new students has allowed me to help make their transition into university life easier and more enjoyable. Assisting others by living by example is my greatest satisfaction from these volunteering opportunities!"


Marta Cioci, Social Sciences and Humanities, 2nd Year

Organisation/Project: Amnesty International, University of Westminster society, Westminster Model United Nations Society (westmun), International Community Project (ICP), Centre for the Study of Democracy, Westminster LINKS representing St John Ambulance, Aegis, Muslim Rohinga campaign. University of Westminster
Role: President, Vice-President, Director/Chief Editor, First Aider, Campaigner, Library Champion, Student Rep.
Area of volunteering: Gay, lesbian, bi and transsexual, human and civil rights, politics, race and ethnicity, refugees.
Type of work: Administration, advice, information and support, business, management and research, campaigning and lobbying, first aid, fundraising, marketing, PR and media.
Number of hours: 51 - 100 hours
What would you say to others about volunteering? “You can find a volunteering role which suits your individual talents or interests, and then integrate this into your studies or life in general.”


Ravida Mazhar, Westminster Business School

Organisation/Project: Homestart Ealing, PAIWAND Asssoiation of Afghan Refugee Women, FAABI Friends of Attend.
Role: Translator
Area of volunteering: Children, families, mental health, refugees, women's group.
Type of work: Advice, information and support, community work, counselling, languages, marketing, PR and media.
Number of hours: 51 - 100 hours
What would you say to others about volunteering? "The experience was good. It gave me an idea of how to work with children and families."


 

Stephanie Beams, Westminster Law School, 2nd Year

Organisation/Project: The University of Westminster Bar Society, The University of Westminster Law Society, The Patchwork Foundation.
Role: Magazine Editor & Mistress of Moots, Fundraiser, Event Assistant.
Area of volunteering: Mentoring , Politics, Race and Ethnicity , Law and Bar society involvement
Type of work: Advice, information and support, befriending, fundraising, mentoring.
Number of hours: 51 - 100 hours
What would you say to others about volunteering? “Reflect on what you enjoy and use those interests to drive your volunteering efforts. Volunteering is a fantastic way to get involved with University life and your local community, as well building requisite skills for graduate jobs”


Tess Wagner, Science and Technology

Organisation/Project: Westminster Marrow Society
Role: Co-Founder and Vice-President
Area of volunteering: Health, hospitals and hospices.
Type of work: Administration, fundraising, mentoring, teaching, training and coaching.
Number of hours: 51 - 100 hours
What would you say to others about volunteering? “Try it out! Volunteering can make a big difference to your university life. You can gain experience and make a difference.”


 

Muhammad Alam, Science and Technology, 2nd Year

Organisation/Project: University of Westminster International Department, University of Westminster Alumni Department, University of Westminster Students Union Great Start Project.
Role: International Students Assistant, Student Union Coordinator
Area of volunteering: Education and literacy , sports and outdoor activities, international students welcome programme
Type of work: Advice, information and Support , Counselling , Marketing, PR and Media
Number of hours: 51 - 100 hours
What would you say to others about volunteering? “University is not just about lectures and exams, it’s the best years of your life in which you meet new people and learn new things every single day and volunteering helps you to do that.”


Zaid Al-hasani, Science and Technology, 1st Year

Organisation/Project: The Humanitarian Dialogue Foundation
Role: Events and exhibitions coordinator, IT technician and web admin.
Area of volunteering: Arts and culture, education and literacy.
Type of work: IT
Number of hours: 51 -100 hours
What would you say to others about volunteering? “At university you learn a theoretical approach to life and basic understanding of the social skills needed for that environment. The benefit of volunteering is that it takes you outside of this box and prepares you for future work environment. At the same time the experience is rewarding and you feel a sense of privilege doing the job.”


Sadia Sarder, Westminster Business School, 2nd Year

Organisation/Project: University of Westminster: Sustainability Green Impact.
Role: Project Assistant.
Area of volunteering: Environment.
Type of work: Administration, advice, information and support, community work,  IT.
Number of hours: 50 hours
What would you say to others about volunteering? “For all, but particularly for international students without UK experience, volunteering can be the first step to your future career.”


 

Caitlin Pedder, Social Sciences and Humanities

Organisation/Project: University of Westminster, Oasis Academy Hadley, University of Westminster Associates in Schools Scheme (UWAS)
Role: Course Committee Representative, Teaching Assistant.
Area Of Volunteering: Children, education and literacy, SSHL open day.
Type of work: Campaigning and lobbying, teaching, training and coaching, information guide.
Number of hours: 51 - 100 hours
What would you say to others about volunteering? "All of the voluntary roles I had the pleasure of taking part in have helped me to develop skills outside of my degree. I have been able to test the skills I will need to pursue my dream career as a History teacher, and have fun in the process."


Diana Florescu, Westminster Business School

Organisation/Project: University of Westminster, Project Management Network Society
Role: Student Representative, Social Media Manager and Chair.
Area of volunteering: Education and literacy, employment.
Type of work: Administration, advice, information and support, business, management and research, community work, local events, marketing, PR and media,  IT.
Number of hours: 101 - 150 hours
What would you say to others about volunteering? “One of the most important things that I have achieved from volunteering is self-esteem and fulfilment - two emotions that I cannot experience in any other activities. Volunteering shaped my personality and showed me that making someone else happy is the greatest reward that I can ever receive.”


Ramiz Malik, Westminster Law School

Organisation/Project: Active Newham, Westminster LINKS representing St John Ambulance.
Role: In Active Newham, my role is a general volunteer to provide assistance during events. As every event I volunteer in is different, my role is never the same.
Area of volunteering: Mentoring, sports and outdoor activities, youth.
Type of work: Community work, first aid, fundraising, local events.
Number of hours: 51 - 100 hours
What would you say to others about volunteering? "Volunteering is a great opportunity to gain experience during your free time. It may not be paid work but it promises a fun time unlike any other which would benefit you by expanding skills like confidence, team work and communication which are essential in our lives and careers"


Nehal Das, Westminster Business School

Organisation/Project: University of Westminster, University of Westminster Economics Society, International Students House
Role: Student Ambassador, Executive Committee Member, Events Assistant.
Area of volunteering: Children, elderly, women's group, youth.
Type of work: Administration, befriending, community work, practical work and DIY.
Number of hours: 51 - 100 hours.
What would you say to others about volunteering? "My role has been in generally helping and interacting with individuals. Doing the assigned task to facilitate events."


 

Aurora Arifi, Westminster Business School

Organisation/project: University of Westminster, Network For Languages, Green Impact
Role: Event Assistant, Project Assistant.
Area Of Volunteering: Arts and culture, education and literacy, environment.
Type of work: Art, employee and group volunteering, fundraising.
Number of hours: 51 - 100 hours
What would you say to others about volunteering? "To everyone that is considering volunteering, I would say that volunteering has a great number of benefits. Firstly, by volunteering you experience personal growth since you will be valued by contributing to the community with your unique skills, experiences, and perspectives. Secondly, volunteering is a great and fun way to socialize and meet new people and maybe also make long lasting friends."


Josh Stuart, Life Sciences

Organisation/Project: The Dyslexic Association, Cancer Research UK.
Role: Fundraiser, Motivational Speaker.
Area of volunteering: Motivation and personal development.
Type of work: Fundraising, teaching, training and coaching.
Number of hours: 51 - 100 hours
What would you say to others about volunteering? "I want everyone to know you have the ability to do more than you could ever begin to imagine. Through Volunteering I exposed myself to something which initially scared me my whole life but now is something I want to pursue as a profession. Since starting university and becoming a volunteer, I have now been able to conduct many personal development speeches and want to continue to do many more. Helping one another is its own reward and blesses me with a tremendous amount of pride being a part of such an extraordinary group of individuals."


Shahmaan Ahmed, Westminster Business School

Organisation/Project: School Students' Association (SSA), University of Westminster Students' Union.
Area of volunteering: Education and literacy.
Type of work: Advice, information and support, befriending, campaigning and lobbying, entertainment, fundraising, local events, mentoring, marketing, PR and media, national and international events.
Number of hours: 51 - 100 hours
What would you say to others about volunteering? "It was a great opportunity to help organise fantastic events and do something amazing, creating great friendships along the way."