My year as an Intern at York Cares: Guest Blog

Since September 2018, I have been the Communications and Admin Student Intern for York Cares. It’s been a great year and I have loved getting stuck into all the amazing things that go on behind the scenes at Cares. As part of my role I have been making lots of Tweets and Instagram posts to share the incredible impact that our employee-volunteers have in the local community. I have also been writing blog posts, making newsletters, creating Christmas party activities and all sorts of other fun tasks.

The highlight of this year has been helping the team secure funding for Number Clubs in the Aviva Community Fund. I made lots of promotional tweets and posters to campaign for Cares, and thanks to all your votes we secured the funding needed to kick start the programme. It’s great to know that I played a part in making the new programme happen and that it will begin to support local children with their maths skills in the foreseeable future- so watch this space!

As I come to the end of my degree I am so sad to be leaving. Doing this voluntary work has given me a better idea of what I want to do in the future, and I am hoping to pursue work in the non-profit sector, particularly with an interest in charity communications. The Cares team have been so welcoming and I have loved popping into the office and having a well needed break from my university work every week – I am really going to miss them! I cannot recommend getting involved in volunteer work enough – it’s such a great way to learn something new, have some fun, and really feel that you are having a positive impact in your community.

Rebecca Watson, Communications and Admin Intern, York Cares 2018/19