Volunteer profiles

Emily Gilford

Emily Gilford

I’m not great at sitting around doing nothing, so I figured it’d be good to use that to my advantage and spend my free time doing something useful! Another great benefit of volunteering is that it’s something looked upon really highly by employers, especially if you can find time to volunteer while studying at University.

One of my most rewarding volunteering moments has to be when the Beach Clean Project won a National Societies Award last year. We spent so much time as a team organising Plastic Free Week and lots of sustainable events, and to have that recognised was an amazing experience.

My most rewarding moments involve seeing people achieve things that they didn't think they would ever be able to do, particularly in shinty. Or when I found I could name all the different species of moss on a blanket bog (a bit niche but cool).

Volunteering is a great way to use any free time that you might have at University. It’s also a great way to meet new people and learn new things outside of your degree. And even if you can’t find the time to get out and about, you can even find volunteering to help out with at home. You don’t have to dedicate your life to anything if you don’t want to - just spending a little time here and there donating your time to something you care about can go an awfully long way.

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