I have been volunteering at Sheffield Mind as a volunteer receptionist since February.

I decided to volunteer at Sheffield Mind as the local branches of Mind have been essential in my caring for my own mental health and I was looking for an opportunity to help others in this way.

It was definitely the right decision!

Sheffield Mind is one of the most welcoming places; everyone is so friendly and welcoming and I very quickly felt comfortable in this volunteer role. My favourite part about volunteering at Sheffield Mind has been the variety of work I have been able to take part in. Though my role title is volunteer receptionist and I have enjoyed this admin side of things, I have also taken part in creating posters for events, collecting information about other local organisations and making flyers for a volunteer fair; everyday I am there brings something different!

Volunteering while a student is a great way to contribute to the place you are studying, for many people a new city, meet new people, and develop skills that will be useful in whatever you want to do in the future. I think I have gained confidence and knowledge of how charities are run, as well as skills in graphic design and administration. If anyone is thinking about volunteering at Sheffield Mind, I would definitely recommend it as it has been one of the best parts of my year studying at University of Sheffield.