Volunteer Spotlight- Orla
With a new academic year, comes new volunteers! Last week we welcomed our new Marketing and Communication Volunteer Orla. Here’s a bit more about Orla and what encouraged her to volunteer for us:
“My name is Orla Conway, and I am from Belfast, Northern Ireland. I am currently in my final year at the University of Leeds studying Media and Communications. Although I enjoy learning about the theoretical side of communications through my degree, I am excited to get hands on experience working with Leeds Mencap as their marketing and communication volunteer.
From a young age I have always found great fulfilment working with charitable organisations and contributing to both local and global communities. When living in Ireland I actively participated in the St Vincent de Paul Society and my local parish’s society ‘GIFT’. Through these charitable organisations I got the opportunity to aid a range of disadvantaged groups in my local community. Additionally, in the summer of 2019, I travelled to Ohio, America where I collaborated with both charities and businesses committed to intentionally hiring individuals with learning difficulties where I got the opportunity to meet and support some unforgettable characters.
During my time at University, I have been an active member in a few societies such as the Leeds Surf Society and the Leeds Art Society, I enjoy organising and attending weekly socials and feeling part of a small community of likeminded people with similar interests. During my school years, I enjoyed getting involved in many creative endeavours such as designing the sets for our school’s theatre productions, designing the school’s annual yearbook and being a journalist for the schools’ newsletter. I continued to pursue my passion for creativity while in university and served as the assistant director of the university’s production of High School Musical. I am eager to develop my creative skills within Mencap by assisting with the creation of new marketing materials and communications and I am excited to be part of a team that has such a positive impact on people’s lives.”
We can’t wait to have Orla on our team supporting us with all things marketing this year!
If you’re interested in volunteering for Leeds Mencap then please get in touch with us on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0113 235 1331