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by Glenn Timoney Contact
Topic: Other
Views: 112
Volunteering can be a very mysterious area for first years. It has neither the leisure and social allure possessed by the societies which naturally draw curiosity and interest or the more recreational aspects of the clubs sector. Volunteering can be difficult to approach due to what it simply boils down to, which is simply put “helping out” within a wide variety of different areas. Whether it be the desire to help in an area or achieve or experience a sense of fulfilment, those who partake in volunteering rarely regard it as anything less than a valuable experience, but putting time aside to partake in it and/or approaching it can be difficult. The definition of volunteering is ' the commitment of time and energy for the benefit of society and the community, the environment or individuals outside one's immediate family. It is undertaken freely and by choice, without concern for financial gain'. Which is all well and good but raises the question, why should you... read more
by Ready_becc
Topic: Other
Views: 66
Hey all! We've come to that time of the year when interest in becoming a mentor for next year's 1st years is peaking, which is exaclty what this blog will deal with - including the benefits that come with being a mentor,volunteering in general,and how to apply!Firstly,my own experience as a mentor,and now a mentor leader, has,so far,been one that has benefitted me greatly both in terms of the skills that I have acquired from the programme,and in terms of being able to actively participate in one of the largest volunteering programmes in the college,which is a very gratifying experiece,as volunteering usually is!There are plenty of reasons as to why you should get involved in the mentoring programme. Not only does it help you develop as a person and help you to better understand the needs of others ,but it also allows you to help First Year students find their feet in during the first few weeks of University. I have learnt a lot from mentoring these past few... read more