1st to 7th June is Volunteer’s Week, an opportunity for people to take part in events and lend a helping hand to their charity of choice. It is also a week dedicated to celebrating all the people who continuously devote their time to making a difference for the lives of others. This volunteers week we would like to celebrate some of our regular volunteers who continue to help us change the life of orphaned and abandoned children. We sat down with one of our student volunteer to find out what brought him to SOS children’s Villages UK.
Ken* joined the SOS UK team in March as part of the work he is doing for the silver Duke of Edinburgh Awards (DofE). Divided into three sections, skill, physical and volunteering, the DofE is a youth achievement award that supports global growth in young people. Ken chose to work with us for six months as his charity of choice as he shares in SOS UK’s belief that every child should have access to a quality education in a safe environment. Ken’s first encounter with SOS UK was in 2015 when we visited his school to talk about the effects of civil war on children. Therefore, when choosing a charity for DofE Ken found that our Cambridge office was close to his school and the rest, as they say, is history.
Over the last two months Ken has assisted with several projects within the SOS UK office, including database management, digital uploading and merchandise management and when asked what his time with us so far has taught him he had the following to say:
“SOS UK has taught me that as a student, what I have to offer can be put to good use to help for a better cause. It has also taught me IT skills and communications skills in an office environment.”
Ken will still be volunteering with the SOS UK team for another four months but has already said he would love to come back to the SOS UK office after completing his DofE as he believes we are “a great charity, with great people and it’s a great experience”. So, if you are looking for a place to make a difference this Volunteer’s Week then get in contact with us today.
*name changed to protect individual