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Virtual Volunteering Club -Sophie

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Sophie is a Year 2 student who studies Sociology A Level, Sport Level 3 Extended Certificate and Applied Science Level 3 Extended Certificate. During lockdown she has been taking part in the Young Persons Programme at Addenbrookes Hospital.

Sophie, why did you get involved with the Young Persons Programme?

I want to train to be a nurse after college and this gave me an opportunity to see what ward life is like and work on my communication skills with talking to patients. It also looks good on my university application so that is a bonus.

What have you enjoyed about volunteering?

I enjoyed this volunteering because even though we didn’t end up going on the wards it gave me communication skills as we still video called the patients. Also, it made me realise how difficult nursing could be seeing the patients and talking to them when some of them being open about their conditions.

Why do you think other students should join the Long Road Volunteering Club?

I think that volunteering activities can give you real-life experience of a working environment that you are looking to go into which helps with the decision of what you would like to do in life. It can also be very rewarding if you are helping someone or a group which can make your day as well as theirs. They also look great on applications and CV’s which is always a bonus.

If you are interested in joining the Long Road Volunteering Club, where you will receive regular updates on volunteering opportunities, then email Sam on