BSc Hons Environmental Health Graduate Cardiff Metropolitan University, 2011 - 2014 Environmental Champions Volunteer, 2012 – 2014
I became an Environmental Champion volunteer in 2012 because I was interested in environmental issues and I wanted to improve my local area. In a year and a half, I carried out over 70 hours of volunteering work, worked with different public and private organisations, made new friends, and added a lot of skills to my CV!
My favourite part of volunteering was working with other people from different walks of life. You get the opportunity to work with students from different universities and on other courses, members of the public and different organisations such as South Wales Police and the City of Cardiff Council.
I took part in public engagement events such as community walkabouts, Fair Trade and recycling stands, and action events such as, litter picks , beach cleans and community gardening.
My favourite events were the beach cleans as I had the chance to visit an area outside of Cardiff and make friends whilst making a difference to the area.
Volunteering helped me gain skills that have been vital for preparing for life after University. The skills I learnt as a volunteer could not be taught as part of academic life, but are as important as anything taught in a class room. Speaking face to face to residents on community walkabouts helped me improve my communication skills, skills that are vital in my field of work. I had a lot of fun doing something to improve the area that I live in, as well as the lives of other students and residents in the area. The Environmental Champions project is a great opportunity for students to give back to the community as well as gain skills that will give them an edge in the jobs market after they leave University.
In a year and a half, I carried out over 70 hours of volunteering work, worked with different public and private organisations, made new friends, and added a lot of skills to my CV! The skills I learnt have helped me gain a full time, permanent role at the City of Cardiff Council.
I would encourage students to volunteer with the Environmental Champions so they can make a difference to Cardiff, gain new skills, make new friends and get the most out of their time at University.