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ADMIN JOB

Organisation: county concil in ipswich
Date: 15 February 2011

Activity:
i was updating Data base, data capturing, filing, faxing and attending meetings.
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befriending a young person

Organisation: NYAS National Youth Advocacy Service
Date: 14 February 2011

Activity:
support a 15 year old girl.
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A very positive experience; you get so much out of giving the young person new experiences. Its a fun and an appreciated way to spend some of your free time.
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Operations Internship

Organisation: The Diana Award
Date: 10 February 2011

Activity:
One of my main tasks was to manage a return on investment project, which involved conducting research, collecting primary data, analysing research, constructing graphs, using databases and drawing accurate conclusions
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I throughly enjoyed participating in the internship, as it gave me the opportunity to develop various skills, including communication and teamwork. I also worked with a fabulous team, which made the internship an even better experience for me.
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Speaker

Organisation: The Diana Award
Date: 10 February 2011

Activity:
I spoke to some of the MPs at the Diana Award event in Speakers House and I also spoke on a panel in a discussion about the role of young people in volunteering.
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These were both really positive experiences. I talk too much and I am very loud so these public speaking opportunities channelled my two traits in the right direction. I was able to have a meeting with Katie Marple about what would need to be said at the events and earlier in the year we did some MC practice for the Award ceremony and this all really helped and was a lot of fun too. I would definitely do it again because I know that any skills I gain at a Diana Award event can be used for all sorts of things that I do in the future. Thank-you so much to everyone at the Diana Award who make all the magic happen.
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Speaker

Organisation: The Diana Award
Date: 9 February 2011

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Worked with Frankie during the run up to the Lincoln Award Ceremony. My main role was as a speaker at the event, but I also spoke on a regular basis with Frankie seeing how thing's were going and supporting here when required. On the day I was asked to network with those invited.
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The Lincoln event was a great opportunity to use a varied range of skills that I have picked up and been taught throughout my time with the Award. These skills not just helped on the day but have a massive impact in my day to day life. Frankie and the team were a great help, Frankie was in constant touch prior to the event to make sure everything was going smoothly, I was prepared for the day and I was happy with what I was doing. On the day everyone was organised, I was constantly kept up to date with what I needed to do and how/when I should be doing it.

The award staff are a credit to it's award holders and to themselves.
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Independent Visitor (NYAS)

Organisation: NYAS National Youth Advocacy Service
Date: 9 February 2011

Activity:
My role involves meeting up with a young person in care, and spending time with them, giving them some time out and acting a friend, peer, mentor and everything all rolled into one.
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This role is so rewarding and fulfilling, it is an amazing opportunity!

You may be the only person in that child's life who is not paid to be there with them and i can't explain what that means to that child.

I have been doing this for 2 years now and do not plan on stopping any time in the near future. You get so much from it.

Even just spending a couple of hours with my young person is so rewarding to me and I know it means the world to them.

Slowly over the 2 years I have seen a hugely positive impact on their life, and I feel I have built some trust and hope back into their life.

I can't imagine what it must be like for a child growing up in care, but I do know that the people that take time out to volunteer and spend time with these children, purely because they want to, means more than anything to them.

I think children can be so impressionable, and if they have had bad experiences in their young life, this is an amazing way of helping them to look at the world differently, to show them someone cares, someone they can trust and confide in, and help them progress and grow in a positive way.

What seems like only a few hours of my time, is worth a million times more to my young person.

I love this role and would not swap my young person for the world!
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Intern

Organisation: The Diana Award
Date: 9 February 2011

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I was responsible for working with The Diana Award team to coordinate an alumni programme in Scotland. In this role I was responsible for contacting award holders about the alumni programme and conducting research into what award holders wanted from the programme.

In addition, I was part of a Steering Group which was responsible for preparing a report to apply for funding.

I was also given the opportunity to present at The Diana Award ceremonies in Glasgow City Chambers and the Scottish Parliament.
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The Diana Award provided public speaking training which really improved my presentation skills and confidence speaking in public.

In addition, I have been able to meet other young people who have really made a difference in their communities.

The Diana Award are really passionate about young people and the staff and other volunteers are really dedicated to improving the alumni programme for award holders and also awarding more young people who are committed to making a difference in their communities.

Working with The Diana Award has really improved my confidence and is a great addition to my CV. You can be involved as much as you like therefore it doesn't interfere with school or university work and support is always available from the staff and other award holders.
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full time, 20% overseas, set up projects, partnerships etc

Organisation: Blythswood Care, SEED ,LRUK & GHUK
Date: 4 February 2011

Activity:
Work with 4 faith based charities to resource and finance new projects to move needy people in many countries away from dependancy.We use donated goods (new and 'superceeded'), time, expertise and volunteers to partner with overseas organisations, communities to respond to beneficiary led 'WISH LISTS'. Some work is in response to disasters but ideally we do longer term development work. As Christian based organisations we

help as many needy people as we can regardless of ethnic origin, gender, religious or political beliefs.
Comments:
I often take teams of self-funded volunteers into Eastern Europe - mostly Kosova and Albania this year (2011) to

work with indigenous groups, including Roma, ethnic minorities, Police, Fire Service, widows & orphans, young people, etc helping them to help themselves and each other. This is a very cost-effective way of building capacity
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trainee adviser

Organisation: Citizens Advice Bureau
Date: 2 February 2011

Activity:
I was under training for advising people. Attended for few months but left this voluntary post as I joined paid job in pharmacy as a dispenser.
Comments:
I would be interested in any similer kind of voluntary job.
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Trustee

Organisation: Time And Talents Association
Date: 31 January 2011

Activity:
I sat on the board of trustees, providing stategic guidance and helping the charity through some changes.
Comments:
Volunteering as a Trustee has been really rewarding as a long term, part time activity. There has been such a variety of things to get involved in, from finances to fun events. Time and commitment are important, and professional skills are always in demand. I feel like I am contributing to a really worthy cause, as Time and Talents helps people in need in the local community (Bermondsey & Rotherhithe). My contributions are really appreciated by the staff and other Trustees.
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