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Volunteers’ Week: A new recruit

Volunteers’ Week is a chance to recognise the fantastic contribution volunteers make to our communities and to say thank you. All humans need to be recognized in a meaningful way for their efforts. This helps to build self-esteem and confidence. Recognition is an important component of volunteer retention. When volunteers feel appreciated and important, they are more likely to feel connected to the program and continue their involvement.

We asked Vikrant to tell us a little about why he is volunteering at our Advice Portsmouth service.

Tell us a bit about yourself

My name is Vikrant Shinde and I am a master’s student doing International Marketing at the University of Portsmouth. I arrived in the UK last year in September and I’ve been living in Portsmouth ever since.

Volunteers' Week feature of Vikrant

Being a volunteer for a charity has been an immensely rewarding experience for me. It’s allowed me to contribute to a cause that I deeply care about while making a positive impact on the lives of others. In this blog, I would like to share my personal journey and the invaluable lessons I have learned along the way.

Why volunteer with Advice Portsmouth?

My journey as a volunteer began when I stumbled upon a local charitable trust back home in India. This trust resonated with my values and aspirations. Their mission to uplift underprivileged communities and provide support to those in need touched my heart. I was inspired to get involved and lend a helping hand to those who needed it most.

I got to know about YOU from my careers team at uni. And I did some research about the services that the trust provides to the community. The trust’s unwavering dedication to uplifting underprivileged communities and addressing pressing societal issues aligns perfectly with my own values and aspirations. Without hesitation, I approached the team and expressed my eagerness to become a volunteer.

What do you like about volunteering?

In addition to the impact on the lives we touch, volunteering for this trust has profoundly impacted my personal growth. It has pushed me out of my comfort zone, honed my marketing and social media skills, and expanded my horizons.

What is difficult about your work?

It’s a very dynamic and fast-changing environment. The challenge lies in applying the knowledge and skills acquired during my university education to real-life situations. Overcoming these challenges requires creativity, perseverance, and a deep understanding of the Charity’s mission and target audience. By embracing these difficulties and finding innovative solutions, I can effectively fulfill my role as a marketing assistant.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

5 years down, I see myself progressing from a marketing assistant role to a managerial position. I can create impactful marketing campaigns, foster strategic partnerships, and contribute to global initiatives. With a commitment to continuous growth and a passion for making a difference, I am excited about the opportunities that lie ahead on this rewarding professional journey.

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