What Could Volunteering Do For You?

Volunteering is something people do for a lot of different reasons, some people do it for a cause close to their hearts, some people enjoy giving back to the community, but everyone gains a lot whatever they do it for.


Elliot was an SVC volunteer on the Corpus Christi project which assists Year 7 pupils with their reading by working with them on a one-to-one basis. He is now employed as a History and R.E teacher by Corpus Christi!


School blackboard with random handdrawn chalk education symbols and the word SCHOOL in the centre in a teaching and learning concept


We asked Elliot a few questions about his journey to becoming a teacher…

1) What did you study at uni?

I studied History at Cardiff University.

2) When did you graduate?

I graduated in 2012, receiving a 2:1 BA Honours in History.

3) What are you doing now?

I am now a History and R.E. teacher at Corpus Christi High School.

4) Why did you start volunteering with SVC and what project did you do?

I started volunteering with SVC because I wanted to get involved with a project and keep busy during quiet times during university. I knew I wanted to become a teacher and so was interested in the Corpus Christi reading scheme initiative which would then be helpful for my PGCE application as it involved helping pupils read.

5) What did you enjoy most about your time at SVC?

I enjoyed the support given by SVC and the organisation was very efficient. The reading scheme was a smooth and supportive project which was extremely beneficial, not just for my own gains but that of the pupils too.

6) How do you think your time at SVC has helped you after graduating?

It reconsolidated my passion for working with young minds and gave me a first taste for “teaching” and helping learners progress and achieve.


Thanks for chatting with us Elliot – it just goes to show what volunteering can do for you and where it can lead you in the future!


If you are interested in becoming an SVC volunteer then drop into our office on the 2nd floor of the SU. 


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