Volunteer with LVSC

LVSC is looking for a volunteer to provide a wide range of support to our busy team.  Who will you be supporting? What will you be doing? Well - we asked Tom Owen to write up some of the things he's been involved in over the last 9 months to give you an idea.

Once you've read what he has to say and if you think you are ready for the challenge, please contact us via info@lvsc.org.uk and we'll send you the role description.  Please note being a 'Tri-athlete' is not one of the requirements of the volunteer opportunity.

LVSC and Me

Tom Owen

In January this year I somewhat foolishly decided to join my friend and his dad in preparation for an Olympic Triathlon at Eton Dorney (1500m swim, 40km cycle and 10km run). The past 7 months training have been relatively gruelling, involving chilly early morning swims, long bike rides in the rain and lots of hill running! The event itself took place on Sunday 6th September with 200 athletes taking part. As it was my first triathlon I was delighted to finish, but even more so to place 27th and post a time of 2:30:05 - I am definitely pleased to have done it and may have caught the bug in wishing to do another one!

The past 7 months have not only been a story of Triathlon training however.

A few weeks after starting training I began volunteering for the London Voluntary Service Council (LVSC) in tandem with studying for an MSc at the London School of Economics. Initially I regarded it as an opportunity to add some experience to my CV. What followed however was something of a personal journey that not only developed skills and experience valuable to my CV, but increased my awareness of the fantastic work organisations such as LVSC perform on a daily basis, and triggered an interest in the similar organisations and my own ability to contribute to the Third Sector.

I have massively enjoyed volunteering at LVSC and the range of roles and responsibilities I have been tasked with. Fundamentally however, this experience has been so enjoyable because of the constant contact and support from the CEO and all the staff who have been incredibly helpful and supportive. Taking time to patiently explain things I didn't understand, they have shared their vast knowledge of the charity and voluntary sector in order to help me fulfil my tasks. As a result, I have learnt a great deal in Communications, Fundraising and Policy writing, as well as general skills that will massively help in the future where I hope to be involved in voluntary and community organisations within International Development.

 

The skills you can develop from just one day a week will improve your employment prospects, but additionally the social value of volunteering transcends this practical rationale

Whilst volunteering, I also saw first hand the commitment and passion of the LVSC team despite persistent funding challenges, motivating me do something to help. As a result I decided to fundraise for my triathlon, and donate the money to the ongoing work of LVSC. I set a meagre target of £500 and so far have exceeded it - it currently stands at £567. I only wish it was more as I know how responsibly the money will be spent, and how support for LVSC has a knock on effect to many frontline organisations in London.

Volunteering with LVSC has been a fantastic experience. The practical skills will be useful in helping me hit the ground running in future jobs, whilst increased knowledge of the voluntary sector will enhance my decision-making in any role that impacts voluntary and community organisations. In addition, I have developed a general sense of wellbeing that will motivate me to volunteer in the future, or partake in charitable activities such as fundraising for future sporting events! The above experiences make me a strong advocate for volunteering, especially among students. The skills you can develop from just one day a week will improve your employment prospects, but additionally the social value of volunteering transcends this practical rationale.


LVSC and You

Still interested? Contact us - we'd love to hear from you! Time commitment is one day per week.