What our volunteers say

What motivates our volunteers and what do they get out of it? Our community of over 35,000 volunteers from a huge range of jobs across the UK all have a story to tell about why they want to help inspire young people to do the jobs they love.

Read some of their stories here.

Alison Welford, Electrical Estimator

23 May 2018

23 May 2018

Alison is one of our inspiring volunteers. She is an Electrical Estimator for Imtech Engineering Services North, and is passionate about inspiring young people to consider training through apprenticeships. She also want to encourage more women to consider a career in construction. In this short blog post, Alison talks about her experience of volunteering.

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Dr Anna Barnes, Medical Physicist

17 May 2018

17 May 2018

Anna signed up to volunteer as part of our NHS Health Ambassadors campaign. In this short blog post she shares her career story, and the advice she gives to young people.

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Toni Oakley-Tulk – Technical Engineer

14 May 2018

14 May 2018

Toni is a Technical Engineer and Training Consultant for HomeServe. Having trained through an apprenticeship, she is passionate about providing young people with information about training as an apprentice and tackling the beliefs that associate particular careers with certain genders. Her love of “talking to people, fixing things and passing on the knowledge” she has […]

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Ray Poll, Nurse Consultant

9 May 2018

9 May 2018

Ray is one our inspiring NHS Health Ambassadors. He signed up as part of our campaign to get more NHS staff into schools to talk about the breadth of interesting roles available, and encourage school children of all ages to consider a career in the NHS. In this short blog Ray kindly shares his volunteer […]

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Edmund Rab, Senior Clinical Scientist

9 May 2018

9 May 2018

Edmund is one our inspiring NHS Health Ambassadors. He signed up as part of our campaign to get more NHS staff into schools to talk about the breadth of interesting roles available, and encourage school children of all ages to consider a career in the NHS. Edmund kindly shared his volunteer journey with us. “Working […]

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Natasha Carlile – M&A Investment Banking Analyst

30 April 2018

30 April 2018

Natasha Carlile is an M&A Investment Banking Analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, our lead corporate sponsor. Bank of America Merrill Lynch encourage their employees to volunteer, providing them with the flexibility to take time off to volunteer. Natasha kindly shared with us her reasons behind volunteering and why she loves her job.

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Kate McWilliams – Captain/Airline Pilot

24 April 2018

24 April 2018

Kate is one of our inspiring volunteers. She is a Captain (or Airline Pilot) for Easyjet, and is passionate about addressing the gender imbalance in industries. In this short blog post, Kate talks about her experience of volunteering.

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Dr Melanie Windridge – Plasma Scientist

23 May 2017

23 May 2017

On 4th May, I spent the day with L’Oréal Paris and Education & Employers at the The Royal Society meeting some inspiring women in science. It was the launch of a national campaign that will see many more female scientists visiting children in primary schools across the country.  In the morning I took part in a ‘What’s My Line […]

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Maybell Saliu – Inspiring the Future volunteer

19 May 2017

19 May 2017

Sadly, I was not an individual who was able to uttered the words – ‘I aspire to be just like….’. I was not exposed to, nor did I ever have anyone to aspire to. Until I received my GCSE results – I met face to face with failure. The reality that I had played around […]

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