It's day 4 of this year's Student Volunteering Week, and we're taking 5 minutes out of Ashley Birch's busy day to ask him a few questions about how he's getting on.
How did you hear about DAAT?
I was once a Devon Air Ambulance patient myself when I needed to be transferred between hospitals for treatment myself.
What inspired you to volunteer for the charity?
I love the Charity and the lifesaving work that it does. I wanted to give something back having had first-hand experience with the charity myself.
What were you studying at the time of volunteering for DAAT?
I was studying Entry Level Maths at City College Plymouth.
What are your future aspirations?
I hope to complete my course then and then get a place on an Access Course so I can go to university. I would like to either go into teaching or into the health sector.
What do you think are the main benefits of volunteering for DAAT?
I have found volunteering extremely beneficial. Working on the till has really helped me improve my maths. I have also gained important customer service experience and grown a lot in confidence. I have been able to use my volunteering as a placement as part of my course.
And do you think your experience with the charity has helped you in any way to get closer to your goals?
Yes, it has. I have passed one qualification since joining and I am now onto the next. My teachers have commented that they have noticed the improvement since I began volunteering and I generally feel much more confident than I was before.
What advice would you give to any students thinking about volunteering?
Go for it! I love volunteering in the shop because I am always learning new things and meeting new people.
It's clear from Ashley's experience that he has been able to develop his practical skills as well as his overall confidence, simply by donating a little of his time and energy to supporting others who might share his experience.
We're always on the look out for fantastic people who are willing to donate their time and energy to the charity. If you are interested in getting involved, then find out more about volunteering, or drop us a line with your questions.