Vivan is a full-time Masters student who recently joined WBAF to help raise vital funds.

Have you volunteered before? Yes, I used to mentor a child in the third grade.

When did you become a volunteer at WBAF and what’s your official title? I joined WBAF at the beginning of November 2019 and I’m a fundraising researcher.

Why did you choose WBAF?

I am interested in working in the third sector after my Master’s degree, in particular in the area of economics management. So the starting point for me is to understand more about fundraising and the research behind it. WBAF posted this vacancy on my university’s website and so I decide to give it a go.

What are your volunteering duties?

I research fundraising proposals and then write drafts of the information we want to submit to the body offering the funding.

What kind of problems have you found in your role?

Some of the difficulties I’ve found is getting to know WBAF’s services inside out. I need to build up my knowledge of these so I can better write about our services in fundraising proposals. It’s also important so that I can brainstorm ideas in meetings to see how we can add value to our services. It’s all about writing the best proposals I can to make ourselves more appealing to grant and funding bodies.

How much time do you have to put into the role? On average I volunteer one day a week.

What have you learned from it and what do you get out of being a volunteer?  

So far I have learned all about the services WBAF offers and the rationale behind them. I have learned about how to best write a fundraising proposal and I have increased my awareness and knowledge of the many grant and funding opportunities that are out there across the UK.

Would you recommend volunteering to others?

Yes – definitely. I’m originally from Hong Kong and volunteering is the most direct way to get to know London, not just how the city works but from a social perspective, too.

Congratulations Vivan, January’s Volunteer of the Month.