Warwick Volunteers Project Leaders share what they have gained through volunteering, what challenges they have overcome, what impact their volunteering has and what their best memory is.
In my second year at university, I started volunteering at Coventry Chess Academy. This inspired me to help set up Chess in Schools - a lunchtime chess club for primary school children. At the same time, I joined the exec of Mind Aware society and helped to launch Mind Aware Volunteers - mental health awareness sessions for secondary school pupils.
Both projects allow the young people to learn new skills, whether it's a chess tactic or how to help a friend with a mental health problem. It is incredible to see the impact that we have as volunteers and I enjoy making a difference. Taking on two project leader roles in my final year has been challenging, but the skills I have learnt will definitely help me in my future teaching career.