02/02/17

Sian is our Corporate Events Intern and graduated from Cardiff University in 2016 with a degree in English Literature. She hopes to have a career in fundraising or events communications, here’s her story:

“I’ve always had a keen interest in pursuing a career in the charity sector, and after undertaking a volunteer trip abroad and witnessing the positive impact that volunteering can have on individuals and communities I knew the third sector was for me.

As a recent graduate I stumbled across the advertisement for a Corporate Events intern at The Wallich. The role focused on events and fundraising, and the charity’s message: ‘I’m homeless, not hopeless’ appealed to me; it looked like a great opportunity.

Role and responsibilities

My role at the Wallich is quite a varied one – which I like! I primarily support the Fundraising and Volunteering teams. I help to identify potential corporate partners who could participate in the charity’s corporate challenge events, and supporting the team in researching and securing new partners and sponsors for the charity.

I also assist with processing volunteering applications, attending volunteer interviews with Jaye, the Corporate and Community Volunteering Officer and promoting and representing The Wallich at networking and volunteering fairs across South Wales.

Best moments so far

Some of the best moments at The Wallich have been outside of the office, when I’ve attended networking events and had the opportunity to speak to different people about their organisations and how they can benefit us.

One of the most memorable times was going out on the Breakfast Run. Spending a freezing winter morning witnessing the realities of homelessness put my own life into perspective.

“I realised that life can be unfair and unpredictable, and homelessness can happen to anyone”.

Things I’m learning

During my time at The Wallich, I’ve gained an insight into how a charity organisation functions and the different roles and departments involved in making sure projects and initiatives run smoothly. My time here has increased my understanding about the complex issues surrounding homelessness and furthered my interest in pursuing career within the charity sector.

I would highly recommend volunteering for The Wallich, they offer a wide range of volunteering opportunities; from front line projects, to mentoring, there is something to interest everyone.

Not only that, the team I volunteer with are all very friendly and approachable and have given me the opportunity to enhance my skills in a professional environment.

Find out more about our volunteering opportunities and how you can help us prevent homelessness in Wales.