Volunteering with All Nations

Becca Hill writes about her experience of voluntary work with us!

I decided to take on the administration volunteer role to see whether I’d like to work in a completely new sector. No surprise to hear I enjoyed the experience and am now working in the Communications team for a maternity cover.  Here is a bit about my experience volunteering at All Nations.

Friendly I Equipping I Community
These are the first three words which come to mind when I think about my time volunteering.

Friendly – because of the friendly faces and supportive staff who quickly became trusted ones and friends. I felt I was part of the staff team from the outset, and could easily approach any staff member with questions which they were more than happy to answer.  

Equipping – due to the diverse array of practical skills and head knowledge I acquired in the role. The team selected tasks based on my skill set which balanced initial experience with new learning. Through this I gained a wealth of experience in numerous fields – including online / physical marketing, website maintenance, working with grant-making trusts, databases, events and fundraising. I was stretched yet supported. There was even an opportunity to hone my musical skills leading worship at their Sunday evening event, and some Monday morning ‘Kick Off’ meetings.

Community – at the heart of the college’s values. I got to know staff and students at numerous events and socials. Each volunteer is put in a Tutor Group, which is made up of a college tutor, other staff members and students across all longer-term courses (including En Route). Through this weekly interaction I got to know the hearts of these incredible people. We had times of leaning on each other, worship, leading services and praying for each other. Social events like pancake day and birthdays were great ways to get to know the students and staff better.

Alongside these three points, All Nations holds some unique merits. Included among these are the acres of woods and fields on the estate, where I’d often take scenic walks during break times. Free quality hot meals are a bonus for all staff members and volunteers. Their famous fish and chips are one of the college favourites!

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