I decided to volunteer initially because I was looking to get some work experience while searching for a full-time job, and TFMP seemed like a good place to be involved in a variety of projects as well as taking the lead on things, so I thought it would be a worthwhile experience.
What is your role within TFMP and what are some of your typical duties?
I have various roles! I work on TFMP’s media, which includes updating the website and managing our Face book and Twitter accounts. I also work on funding applications, the Youth Rehearsal Programme, business planning and am currently working on a research project, investigating ways the third sector can support young people into enterprise.
What do you feel you have learned/gained from volunteering and how will it help you in the long term?
Through volunteering, I have gained the practical experience I lacked when I graduated university in 2009. I’ve had the opportunity to take the lead on projects and get involved with all aspects of the business, which has massively helped with my skills development and general business knowledge. I think this will help me in the long term as I’ve taken on a wide variety of roles and so have learned how to multi-task and adopt a flexible approach to working, as well as having gained a good overview of a number of different departments.
What advice, if any, do you have for prospective volunteers?
I’d tell prospective volunteers to get in touch with TFMP. It’s a great place to volunteer, everyone is lovely and, as the organisation is still quite young, working here gives you the chance to get involved with business development and help shape the business for the future. Volunteers work on what interests them, so it’s a great way of gaining experience in areas of interest to you.