Simran is a third year student at Huddersfield University studying psychology. She currently volunteers with the Denby Dale Centre as a Volunteer Dementia Support Assistant for their group in Aspley.
Having been a previous carer, Simran was keen to help others and also gain experience relevant to her degree. Simran carried out the easy online search on the Volunteering Kirklees website, and found a selection of roles.
Her role involves welcoming people to the session, serving refreshments, playing memory games and engaging participants in conversation. She also helps out at regular group trips, and has become a Welcome Mentor for Third Sector Leaders Kirklees. This means she supports asylum seekers and refugees who need help accessing services, and intergrating into the community.
Simran said: “I have always been passionate about helping people, and volunteering is helping me gain valuable experience to assist me in my career path.”
“Volunteering can widen your perspective on life. It can help you see the bigger picture and how many people need your help.
“I am encouraging my friends to get involved too. The roles are very flexible and I can fit them in around my studies. Supporting someone else can be really rewarding.”