Ellie had the exciting opportunity to volunteer with our Roadshow recently. She delivered workshops to school students about their hopes for the future. Check out why she got involved and what it’s like to be part of the team!
I’m Ellie! I’m 22 and currently studying Politics, International Studies and Spanish at university.
I’m also a deaf Young Volunteer for National Deaf Children’s Society!
What I get up to as a volunteer
As a volunteer, I help the Roadshow team. The team drive a big purple bus around the UK. They visit schools to deliver workshops on lots of topics linked to deafness.
I help them deliver the ‘My Futures’ workshop to school students who are also deaf. This workshop helps students think about what they want to do after school and feel confident about the future.
We talk about things like university, apprenticeships and jobs. We also discuss what support you can get.
Why I wanted to help
I really wanted to get involved because it’s important other young people like me know deafness is not a barrier!
I’ve also had positive experiences of getting support at university and on internships. I wanted to share this so others feel they can aim for the same opportunities.
What volunteering with the Roadshow is like
My days on the Roadshow always go by in a flash!
The team are welcoming and the workshops are enjoyable and inclusive. There are palantypists who write what is said and sign language interpreters so everyone can communicate.
I had never spoken about my deafness publicly before the Roadshow, so I was nervous! Thinking about what I wanted to talk about made me feel better.
One thing I wanted to talk about was what I wish I had known about the support available during A-levels, university and employment. I’ve received lots of help and equipment from the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) and university.
If I had known this, I would have felt less nervous about going to university!
What I’ve learned from volunteering
I’ve gained a lot from volunteering, including:
- Becoming more confident in public speaking.
- Some sign language – I didn’t know any before!
- Helping deaf students find out about different opportunities is rewarding.
Volunteering has been a great opportunity to make a difference to other deaf young peoples’ lives. Finding out about their future hopes is really exciting and the team are fab!
I can’t wait for the next workshop!
Want to know more about volunteering?
Daymien has also shared his experience of volunteering. Check it out here!
If you want to find out more about volunteering, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org