- Date: 09/02/2021
This week (8 Feb – 14 Feb) marks student volunteer week, and here at Revival, we want to say a massive thank you to all the students who've been involved with our services.
Every year, we are joined by students from various universities and colleges to befriend customers, shadow our staff and find out more about the work we do.
This academic year has been a bit different due to the pandemic, with a lot of our volunteering now being virtual. But that hasn’t stopped students like second year Keele Medical undergraduate, Libby.
Talking about doing her placement virtually, Libby said: “At the time all our lectures were online, so it was really good to come on and see some faces and talk to somebody outside the hospital.
“Speaking to Revival and hearing some of their case studies, it really felt like what we were learning in lectures was relevant to real life, which for me has been really important.
“It definitely gives you a wider perceptive. With all the work you have to do in medicine, you can start to have a narrow view of things - like this is the disease, this is how it works, and this is what you give them. But people aren’t just the disease and volunteering with Revival has helped open my eyes to the other things that affect health, like the social and personal aspects of a patient’s life.
“To others thinking of volunteering, I’d say to definitely do it. Revival has got so many different services and works with so many different people that you get an exposure to a lot of different things.”
Alison Lawson, Home Support Team Leader at Revival said: “It’s really great that we’ve still had students volunteering and doing placements with us during the pandemic. Not only does it provide them with experience and help them to consolidate their learning, but for us, the energy and passion they bring is really infectious.”