Tell us a bit about yourself…
Hello, my name is Megan, and I’m the Olt Project Coordinator for The LIFE Foundation. I’m a nursing student at the University of Glasgow, but I am originally from a teeny village in the East of England. I play lacrosse (extremely badly), my favourite animal is a koala and I’m a vegetarian.
Why did you join The LIFE Foundation?
I was sent an email from my sixth form about the opportunities available with LIFE. I researched it a bit further, and it sounded perfect, especially as I was looking for more experience before applying to university. From the start, I could see how committed the volunteers and committee were, which was certainly a big selling point for me. Also, because of the small scale of the charity, you know that donations are going straight to the cause, instead of a large percentage to administrative costs. I have been involved with the LIFE foundation for 4 years now, and all I regret is not getting involved earlier!
What does your role involve?
I’m the main point of contact for all our volunteers going to Olt. I help to provide information and support before, during and after trips. I try to be the person who you can ask all of your questions to, no matter how small or silly they may seem!
What’s the best part of your role?
It’s so nice to see everybody getting excited, and I can’t wait to see our summer cohort talking about their amazing experiences whilst they’re there and when they get back home!
Any memorable moments?
I think my ultimate favourite memories have to be when I’ve gone on day trips with the adults or children – last year my group went to the zoo with some of the residents from Cezieni, the adult institution we support. Last year one of the toddlers also took her first few steps when I was there – it was such a proud mum moment!
What would you say to someone considering volunteering with The LIFE Foundation?
If you’re unsure – give it a go! I know it’s cheesy, but the children and adults we work with, the committee and all of our fantastic volunteers have really changed my life. I never thought I would feel so passionately about something until I got involved. I don’t think you truly realise how much impact you can have, and how much difference you can make by simply making someone smile. It’s worth remembering that our volunteers come from a huge variety of backgrounds, with a diverse range of experiences, and every one of our volunteers makes a difference to the children and adults in their own way! From a paediatric nurse to a primary school teacher, we all have skills that are integral to the development of the people we support, and we can each truly influence and improve quality of life.