We are joined on the blog by 17-year-old Shannon. She has just finished her first year at City College Norwich and came to the Big C for a week of work experience. Shannon has a particular interest in fundraising and events, and shares her experience of working for Big C.
In the short time that I have been here, I have learnt what a kind and passionate team of workers and volunteers Big C has. They are determined to keep the charity growing and get more people involved with providing better support for people affected by cancer in Norfolk and Waveney.
This experience has inspired me to want to do more and be involved with helping those around me. It has definitely made, deciding what type of career I want to have easy, but being a part of Big C is more than a career, it’s a family.
As part of my time with Big C, I went with Fundraising Administrator Claire and Volunteer Administrator Alana to Norwich School’s Career Fair for students in Years 10 and 11. The event required preparation ahead of time and I researched and planned out guideline answers to questions we might be asked by the students there. The aim of the event was to recruit volunteers, specifically for the Big C Centres, as many young people aren’t aware of the opportunities Big C offers.
On the day, we arrived at the school and took our seats in our dedicated area. We laid out information leaflets and hand-outs with all of our upcoming events so that the students could look at them and have something to take away. We took turns in answering student’s questions and tried to provide them with as much information as we could about all the different volunteering opportunities Big C offers and how they could apply for them.
We were approached by quite a few students that hoped to go into medicine and explained to them that volunteering at a Big C Centre would provide invaluable experience and benefits that would help to prepare them for the realities of working in an emotionally-sensitive environment.
Coming away from this event, I hope that Big C will get lots of students from Norwich School volunteering for them this year and some of those might be at the Centres.
While I still have a day or two to go, overall I have found the whole experience at Big C very fulfilling and I have gained so much from it. I have learnt about all the different types of jobs and people that help to make sure a charity is a success and despite it being a sensitive and emotional sector, I have found every aspect of Big C to be so uplifting, interesting and fun!
The charity is a friendly and enjoyable place to work, as well as being incredibly benevolent and compassionate towards local people affected by cancer.
The personal stories I’ve heard in my time with Big C have been heart-breaking and sometimes, brought me to tears. Being able to do something to help, support and hopefully one-day prevent cancer and reduce the number of people that lose their lives is remarkable and very rewarding.
Following her week with Big C, Shannon has already acted on her desire to do more and signed up for Big C’s Big Jump at the end of July, she is currently fundraising.