Finding opportunities through C3SC

Posted on the 29th May 2024

Volunteering has had a profound impact on me.

Soon after volunteering for C3SC (Cardiff Third Sector Council) as a youth led grant panellist, I found myself appointed as the chairperson, which was a significant boost to my confidence.

Supporting my development

In these voluntary roles, I not only honed my networking skills but also my communication abilities, which helped me navigate the cultural differences I experienced coming from India to a new country.

These experiences eventually helped me gain employment with C3SC as community development support officer. The role involves supporting the team to deliver the health, social care and wellbeing agenda within C3SC. I make connections and support activities that help the voluntary sector provide services at a local level.

I also work with a small, diverse team to develop more place-based, accessible and inclusive services in the voluntary sector, to improve health and wellbeing in the local community.

On a personal level, volunteering has been transformative. It’s provided me with opportunities to grow and develop skills that are invaluable in both my professional and personal spheres. From decision-making to leadership, every aspect of volunteering has contributed to my personal growth.

Using my skills to help others

But the impact extends far beyond myself.

As the chairperson, I had the privilege of analysing applications and granting funds to youth-led projects. Witnessing the tangible change these projects bring to society and the opportunities they provide to young people is incredibly rewarding. It’s fulfilling to see young individuals thrive and contribute positively to their communities through the support we provide.

By getting involved with tutoring through organisations like Teaching Personnel, I see an opportunity to directly apply the skills and values I’ve cultivated through volunteering. Working with students from diverse backgrounds and learning environments not only allows me to have a meaningful impact, but also provides me with invaluable experience and insights to help me pursue my dream of becoming a lecturer.

Ways you can get involved

C3SC is a beacon of support and opportunities for anyone interested in volunteering. No matter what your interests, skills, or availability, they have a wide range of opportunities waiting for you to explore.

One of the most remarkable aspects of the volunteer centre is their inclusive approach. They welcome individuals from all walks of life, regardless of background, experience, or abilities. Whether you’re a seasoned volunteer looking for a new challenge, or someone who’s just starting out, everyone is valued and encouraged to contribute.

From assisting with the initial volunteer placement to providing ongoing guidance and encouragement, C3SC is with you every step of the way. Whether you need help navigating the application process, accessing training and resources, or dealing with challenges that may arise during your volunteering journey, the team is there to lend a helping hand.

But, perhaps most importantly, the volunteer centre opens doors to a world of opportunities. Whatever your passion may be – whether it’s working with children, animals, the environment, or any other cause close to your heart – C3SC has a diverse range of projects and partner organisations for you to get involved with.

And whether you’re looking to volunteer on a regular basis or just want to lend a helping hand for a one-off event, they make it easy for you to find opportunities that align with your interests and schedule.

Are you a young person in Cardiff with a passion for community action? Join Arsha on the Cardiff Youth Led Grant Panel
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Volunteer Chairperson and Panellist, Cardiff Youth Led Grant Panel

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