There is still time to submit for the KSCV Award! By 5pm today you must have:
– Logged all hours
– Completed any skills benchmarks
– Logged any training that you have attended
– Completed a silver review
– Submitted your gold written reflection
If you are not sure what you need to complete, please check the profile page of your toolkit, as the prompts will appear there.
A good gold written reflection should have good examples to back up your skills and demonstrate the activities that you’ve been involved in. Any reflections submitted with just one line of text will not be approved, so please make sure to fill the text box with some good, clear examples.
Here is an example of a recently approved written reflection:
Why did the above reasons motivate to you volunteer:
“I wanted a useful way to spend my time, that would allow me to meet new people and really be able to make a difference on campus. In my role as a Secretary for Kent Foodians, I got to meet and make friends with a lot of different people, particularly international students. From this I really felt like I had contributed to their experience at uni and to the general welcoming and helpful nature of the group. I had a chance to further explore my connection to new students through becoming an international mentor as well. This developed my ability to connect with people, find confidence in myself and my work, as well as feeling like I was helping someone to settle into a new country easier. To top it all off, I also made some amazing new friends at the start of the year as a welcome helper. Working in a team became quite natural to me after the experience and I found that I was a lot more comfortable in solving problems that previously I would have been nervous about. For example, when someone’s key fob did not work, I managed to find someone who could help and explained the situation to them. Unfortunately, it took a few go’s before the problem was fixed, but with patience it eventually was and the student was able to move in. Motivation was also a major factor in working in this role, as we were carrying heavy/awkward objects for 9 hours a day. However, with positivity the whole team managed to do it with a smile on their faces and the knowledge that they had been a part of a student’s very first day and impression of life at the university.”
What do you think you can offer employers that you couldn’t before taking on a volunteering role?
“During my role as Course Rep, I was able to improve on my planning and organisational skills, as I had to make sure that I left enough time to gather information and opinions from students, gather research on how to put their plans into place, talk to the relevant people to see which ideas were viable and make a proposal to present within the School of English meetings. These meetings also greatly improved my numerical and graph analysing skills, as I learnt how to dissect information passed around at the meetings. Previously, I had little knowledge about how to present information in this way, as I tended to focus upon the written word rather than figures. The meetings also provided me with a lot more confidence in myself, as I had to fight for the student’s voice and make their ideas into reality. Some ideas needed to be fought for and so debating them with members of staff really allowed me to be tenacious and be a leader rather than a follower. However, at times we did have issues with getting students to communicate their ideas. In these circumstances, the team of course reps would discuss issues that they were having and we would post on our facebook page to see if the other students felt the same. From this, we could then gather what needed to be worked on and what could be put off until later. My communication skills grew with this role, as well as my role as welcome helper as I promoted events and on campus services to the new students moving in. I was also able to give them advice on issues or concerns that they were having, regarding finances and their work load. At times, some students had problems that I could not help with personally, so in order to still be helpful to them, I had to find out who could and explain the situation to them whilst reassuring the student and their parents.”
If you have any queries feel free to Sara West, Volunteer Administrator, on 01227 824780. Sara will be available until 5pm today.