See what some of our past and present Edinburgh Napier volunteers have to say about their experiences!
Katie Mullen - Public Fundraising Officer (Scotland), Changing Faces Scotland
MSc in International Marketing with Tourism and Events
"In September 2014 I began studying for an MSc in International Marketing with Tourism and Events at Edinburgh Napier University. I decided to undertake this degree as I hoped that the knowledge I would gain would help me pursue a career in fundraising. However, I also wanted to gain some work experience alongside my studies, so when I saw an advert describing the new university volunteering service, I decided to go along for a chat with the staff there.
The staff were extremely helpful and after only a couple weeks, they had managed to find me a great opportunity with one of their charity partners. Bethany Christian Trust were looking for an Events and Community Fundraising Intern to help out in their offices a day and a half per week and after relaxed interview with the staff at Bethany, I was offered the position. I was given a wide variety of tasks, helping organise the charity’s own events as well as supporting anyone fundraising in the community. I really enjoyed my time there, the staff at Bethany were lovely and I gained lots of valuable experience. It even helped me get my dream job!
I am now working as the Public Fundraiser for Changing Faces Scotland, a charity for people and families who are living with conditions, marks or scars that affect their appearance. This means that I am now the one on lookout for volunteers! In particular we would love to hear from any students who might be interested in running some fundraising events for us and helping us with bigger events such as our charity Gala. Having been a student volunteer I understand how to help students get the most out of their experience (and what looks good on a CV!).
So please feel free to contact me if you would be interested or if you would just like a bit of advice on how to begin an amazing career in fundraising. My email is Katie.firstname.lastname@example.org
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Senia Almayah – Volunteering placement with Mecopp (Trimester 2, 2016)
BSc (Hons) Psychology
As a part of my Psychology Bachelor Degree (BScs) I took a ”Volunteering and Employability” module. In this relation, I therefore got a volunteering placement with Mecopp organisation (an organisation supporting carers from ethnic minority groups (e.g. Black and Asian minority groups).
After this volunteering placement I feel that I have developed on different levels. I feel better at adjusting to different and changing environments. Furthermore, my volunteering experience made me realize that I have to improve my time management and also to make priorities. In line with this, I also developed some new skills to better organise myself and feel better at realistic planning. Fortunately, as I got the opportunity to be a part of teamwork in the organisation of the charity event, communication happened regularly with colleagues. This developed my communication and interpersonal skills. Overall, I had a pleasant experience and have surely benefitted from the placement.
I found this placement by using the VBase service and the office in Merchiston. Here the staff helped me narrow down the opportunities for me according to my interests. They were overall very friendly and helpful, and kept in touch with me during and after my placement. Therefore, I can positively encourage anyone wishing to get a volunteering experience to reach out to this truly helpful university service and its friendly staff.
Suzanne Munday - Chief Executive Mecopp
It was a real pleasure to have Senia volunteer with the organisation. She was friendly, approachable, enthusiastic and willing to learn from the outset. All staff commented on how she was able to ‘fit’ within the team and make a valuable contribution very quickly.
She really became prat of the event and was instrumental in ensuring the whole day was a success. All of the team really enjoyed working with her.
We would have Senia back as a volunteer with the organisation at any time.
Hannah Craib, Events Intern with Barnardo's Scotland (Summer 2015)
BA(Hons) Festival and Event Management with Human Resource Management
“For three months shortly after my graduation, I worked with the Fundraising team in the Barnardo’s Edinburgh office. I performed mainly within an administrative role, maintaining and building relationships with sponsors, acting as a point of contact for volunteers and event delegates, and creating schedules for volunteers. I also supported events onsite for our Barnardo’s Golf Day and the Comedy Benefit which took place during the Edinburgh Fringe.
Throughout my internship I developed my ability to time manage and set personal deadlines. I also progressed in communicating confidently with a variety of stakeholders. Working with Barnardo’s allowed me to work within events management from within the charity sector.”