North East Lincolnshire Council

VoLEARNteering victories

Josh Bray (18). Placement – Digital Volunteer.

What you enjoy most about your voluntary role as a Digital Volunteer?

“The chance to meet and interact with all the staff, who have been so positive and helpful, as well as meeting all the different customer types. Additionally I have had the varied range of tasks I get to do and situations I have to deal with. ”

What are you personally taking out of the experience?

“I feel I am getting a lot more confident in dealing with people I don’t know.  I’ve learned a lot about dealing with different customer service situations as well as learning more about council services and processes such as council tax and blue badge”

Would you have found such a role without the assistance of TakePart NEL?

“I don’t think so. I was looking for something longer term with variety and substance and couldn’t find anything of this nature. Being part of Team AFD in the summer and being in contact with Ross via the TakePart NEL volunteer emails and newsletters meant I have been kept in the loop with opportunities, so when Ross contacted me about this I jumped at the chance, I was actually lying by a pool in Zante when I found out”

What one piece of advice would you give someone thinking about volunteering?

“Definitely do it! It feels great to fill your time doing something meaningful. Not only that I’m meeting new people, learning skills, gaining confidence and it looks really good on your CV”

What are your future plans?

“In January I start my training with BP to become a qualified officer of the watch, which will take three years to complete, after which I hope to continue and become a Third Officer on BP’s vessels. As a third officer I would be responsible for watch keeping, navigating and checking the General health and safety of the ship including the lifesaving and firefighting equipment”

What you enjoy most about your voluntary role as a Digital Volunteer?

“The chance to meet and interact with all the staff, who have been so positive and helpful, as well as meeting all the different customer types. Additionally I have had the varied range of tasks I get to do and situations I have to deal with. ”

What 3 words sums up your NELC Volunteering experience?

“Welcoming, interesting and motivating”

Students from GIFHE. Placement – Beach Clean.

GIFHE students beach clean

Students from the Engineering Department from Grimsby Institute spent a really productive day in Cleethorpes helping clear rubbish from both the beach and then from around the boating lake.

A fantastic effort from the students and staff alike, showing real community pride.

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Tollbar Sixth Form Student Assembly

We were ecstatic to be invited to give a talk to the sixth form students about the benefits of volunteering locally. The reception received from the students was fantastic and their response around the idea of volunteering was very positive.

During the talk we explained how volunteering benefits the individual but also how important volunteering is to local organisations, charities and our community as a whole. We also took the opportunity to dispel a few preconceived ideas around what a volunteer looks like in the modern world, and the diverse types of voluntary roles available.

Do you want to get involved?…