Student Case Studies

Les Curvis

Les Curvis

Les volunteers with the Premier League Elite Player Production Plan (Eppp), usually at weekend tournaments but also regional events like Leeds and Manchester or National Finals at St George Park. Either way, he's up and travelling at 5.30am to get there for 9am, working with clubs such as Man Utd, Chelsea and Liverpool They bring their academy teams to take part and as Premier league staff, Les helps to brief the coaches before kick off as to how the tournament will run.

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Bethany Maggs

Bethany Maggs

When I was at University I volunteered with Redcar and Cleveland Mind. I studied Psychology and Counselling and Mind is a well-known organisation that I have heard a lot about. I chose this organisation because it is such a great mental health charity to be a part of and the experience they were able to offer me was amazing.

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Tien Sing Au Yong

Tien Sing Au Yong

I recently graduated in 2014 after studying Accounting and Business Finance. I took part in lots of volunteering opportunities both on and off campus, including a volunteer with the English Language Cafe helping international students.

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Shirley Fenn

Shirley Fenn

I volunteer with Redcar Beacons, Mind (Appropriate Adult and Diversion and Resettlement team) and the Royal Air Force Association (case worker).

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Tom Smith

Tom Smith

I volunteer with Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind, the Witness Service (Citizens Advice Bureau) and Genetic Alliance UK.

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Hannah Barstow

Hannah Barstow

I recently graduated in 2014 after studying Accounting and Business Finance. I took part in lots of volunteering opportunities both on and off campus, including a volunteer with the English Language Cafe helping international students.

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Daniel Rovardi

Daniel Rovardi

I volunteer with Teesside Samaritans, Teesside Hospice, University Pass Leaders and also as a Course representative Each of the opportunities allow me to further develop my own skill set whilst helping other people.

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Natalie Beeby

Ashleigh Coney

I volunteer with the Samaritans and I am currently studying psychology and counselling. I have recently become more aware of the importance of volunteering and how having some experience can help with your future career. I hope to develop a career within counselling in the future, and I wanted to gain some important relevant experience, develop new skills and improve and build on my listening and communicating skills. I thought Samaritans would be an ideal organisation to help me do this.

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Helen Robertson

I volunteer and work at The Trinity Youth and Children's Project. The project works with young people from a disadvantaged background aiming to foster emotional, social and cultural development.

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Eleni Lefa

I recently completed a three month Graduate internship through Student Services at Platform Arts in Middlesbrough after completing my degree in Graphic Design. I found this very interesting and rewarding and was keen to continue to build my design portfolio.

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Holly Shahverdi

I am in my third year studying Psychology. Alongside my studies I am a therapeutic care volunteer at James Cook University Hospital and I also teach singing on an evening. The students I teach are of a range of ages and abilities and I have a passion for helping individuals discover and develop their talents within singing. I have been teaching since I was 15 years old and I continue to enjoy and learn from what I do.

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Ryan Prior

Ashleigh Coney

During the last 12-18 months of university I logged over 400 hours of voluntary work; this included supporting adult learners to achieve maths and English qualifications and victim support role. However, I’ve spent the most time as a trustee (treasurer) at Middlesbrough Sea Cadets.

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Sarah Placzek

Ashleigh Coney

I volunteered at St Peter’s Primary School in Redcar. My day consisted of supporting children both in groups and individually who were in Year One. I assisted with all subjects across the Key Stage One Curriculum; Literacy, Numeracy, ICT, Geography, History, Religious Studies, Art.

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Chiedza Victoria Mudakureva

I have been volunteering with the Methodist Asylum Project through Volun-tees and have also volunteered with Middlesbrough Environment City. I found that volunteering has not interfered with my family time and I was able to find good opportunities working with children. I have gained a lot of experience in working with them and understanding their different needs.

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