Hello, my name is James and I have been a volunteer for MS-UK for about two months working in various departments in their office.
I had been looking for ways to develop my office skills and gain office experience, and I saw on MS-UK’s website that a way to do this was to volunteer in their offices and support them behind the scenes. I realised that this would be a great opportunity for me so I contacted them immediately. Within a week of filling in an application form, I was contacted by them and asked to come in to do a day’s voluntary administration work in the communications department, where I carried out a variety of tasks such as data entry and posting and packaging. Subsequently, I volunteered in the helpline department to help pack Choices leaflets into envelopes and send them out. Now I am volunteering one day a week in the fundraising department, monitoring Facebook donations and thanking donors for their contributions.
I feel that MS-UK has really helped me develop my office skills. They have excellent staff and have given me lots of support along the way. I can’t thank them enough for all the opportunities they are giving me and I’d encourage anyone to get involved where they can.
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This week is national Volunteers' Week and we are celebrating by saying a big thank you to our amazing volunteers. Last year over 130 people volunteered with MS-UK in all sorts of ways. Together you donated 500 hours of time to MS-UK and helped us be here for people affected by multiple sclerosis (MS). We literally couldn't do it without you, thank you!
This year we have lots of opportunities to get involved. You could join our fantastic cheer squad and support our fundraisers to make it over the finish line at a national event. Or you could come into our offices in Essex and get stuck in behind the scenes. We are also currently looking for volunteer counsellors to help us offer telephone counselling to more people who may need it across the UK.
Whatever you decide to do, we'll be here every step of the way to support you. You can share your skills and develop new ones, gain some experience working with a national charity and we provide you with a full induction and ongoing support.
In the mean time, you can find out more about Volunteers' Week across the country on the NCVO website. If you already support MS-UK, don't forget to download our Twibbon to show the world you are part of #TeamPurple.
Best wishes and happy volunteering!
Sarah Wright, General Manager
Today marks the end of Volunteers' Week 2018, and what a week it has been!
To celebrate the week we created a series of short films starring some of our fantastic supporters, like Emma...
You can watch all of the films today on our YouTube channel.
If you have been inspired by Volunteers' Week, do explore our current opportunities to get involved...whether you prefer being behind the scenes or up front cheering at a national event, we have something for you!
In the spirit of Volunteers' Week 2018, we're thanking every single one of our amazing volunteers! Without them we simply wouldn't be able to offer the level of support that we give to those living with multiple sclerosis. We sat down with Lauren Duckling to tell us about her volunteering experience...
What events have you volunteered at for MS-UK?
I've volunteered for the London Marathon, the Royal Parks Half Marathon, and the Colchester Half Marathon.
What is the best thing about volunteering?
I think the best thing about volunteering is meeting people who have raised money for MS-UK. Being at the finish and seeing their faces as they achieve what they set out to achieve will always be one of the best moments for me!
Why do you think other people should volunteer?
I think people should volunteer because it's a great day out, no matter what you are doing. I enjoy every minute of it.
What is the best event you’ve ever volunteered at and why?
I think the best event has to be London Marathon hands down! I absolutely love London, and being there on the day, watching from the sidelines soaking in the amazing atmosphere, beats watching it on TV. I have volunteered for London Marathon twice now and I have had the pleasure of meeting so many wonderful people. It can get emotional at times but in a good way. I think it is just because it is a huge event and running that is such an achievement. I see some of the runners spot their family in the crowd and that always makes me smile.
Have you got any funny volunteering stories?
I once saw someone dressed as a toilet and that made me laugh!
Why not volunteer at an event for MS-UK? Whether you want to work in the office, behind the scenes, or help out at a national event like the Royal Parks Half Marathon, then email Jenny to find out more.