Student Volunteering Week: Monday - Louise Thacker

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Louise is the Environment and Ethics Officer at the SU. She has also been involved in many volunteering projects across the Bath Community, particularly her Sowing Helping Hands Project. This project focused on cleaning up a Green Space alongside local residents.

Why do you volunteer?
The reason I volunteer comes from a very philosophical influence. I believe by helping others, we create our own happiness and inspire others to be more compassionate and thoughtful in their community. I've always wanted to do more to help people, animals, and the planet. I feel like volunteering should be at the heart of our society to show we can build a better society if we help each other out more. I volunteer because I wish to show compassion and positivity and help build a better community. 

What have you gained from volunteering/ How have you benefited from volunteering? - what skills
I've met some really inspiring people; some students and some in the Council, Bath Uni, and the local community. Seeing the positive environment volunteering has helped to create has been very overwhelming and inspired to keep doing more. I've also made some valuable networks with local residents who have wonderfully friendly and open-minded about students volunteering. It's been a learning process, knowing I can plan and implement a project and see it through. But, I wouldn't have been able to learn these skills without the help and support from the Students' Union, the Student Community Partnership, and the local community.
 
Why is volunteering important (to you)?
Volunteering is important because it doesn't just create a temporary feeling of positivity, collaboration, and inspiration but it becomes an opportunity to learn how to be the best version of yourself that you can be. Speaking to people and understanding them has taught me how much I love meeting and learning from them. Volunteering is a symbol of selflessness, kindness, and dedication which the world needs more of and is vitally important to how we wish our society to be. 

What advice would you give to a prospective volunteer? 
Take that first step and be brave. Don't let doubts or worries stop you from doing something amazing! You learn so much about what you can achieve and how your actions can have a positive effect on others. Challenge yourself, enjoy yourself and see yourself fly!

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