Not all our student volunteers are in their teens, we wanted to speak to chat to Carol and Terry who are a fanastic couple who donate a lot of their time to the charity wihle studying too.
How did you hear about Devon Air Ambulance?
Terry noticed the shop and Googled the Devon Air Ambulance to find out more about the charity.
What made you volunteer for the charity?
We had both already been shop volunteers for another charity, but we wanted more varied roles, so we decided to try the Devon Air Ambulance shop as it was new and the people we spoke with were really friendly.
What are you currently studying?
Terry is currently studying City and Guilds English Level 2 and I have just completed my BTEC Level 2 in Customer Service through Derby College which is offered as part of the volunteering role with the Devon Air Ambulance.
What are your future aspirations?
We hope to complete more retail qualifications through the programme offered through the Devon Air Ambulance shop. There are a range of NVQ modules such as Retail Skills, Team Leading and Warehousing.
What do you think are the main benefits of volunteering for us?
We both really enjoy volunteering and we have developed lots of confidence and experience though it. We undertake a variety of different tasks and activities and as a result have gained plenty of customer service experience and Terry has also improved his communication skills.
And do you think Devon Air Ambulance has helped you to get closer to your future goals?
Yes, volunteering has given us the confidence to begin our studies and the staff and volunteers have encouraged us to do this.
What advice would you give to any students thinking about volunteering?
Give it a try!
So there we have a it! A week in the lives of some of our brilliant volunteers.
If you're interested in using a little free time by supporting the charity, whether or not you are studying, then do find out more about ways you can help. If, like Carol and Terry, you would like to find out more about developing qualifications as part of your volunteering experience, then we'd love to hear from you.