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SVC Trustee Interviews - Communications & Marketing Officer

Name:

Ella Jones

Position on the Board of Trustees:

Communications and Marketing Officer

What initially drew you to applying for the SVC Board of Trustees?

I was looking for some experience which would really stand out on my CV and was looking in the public/charity sector because that was where I wanted to apply for grad jobs. I wanted to hold a voluntary position which would challenge me and be of use to an organisation I felt did really good work. SVC was perfect!

How have you found your time on the SVC Board of Trustees?

It's been one of the highlights of my university experience. The work, the people, the incredible testimonies we get to hear about how SVC has improved people’s lives. It has been an enormous privilege to serve on the board as well as so much fun.

Why do you think people should apply to be on the Board of Trustees?

It's an experience which benefits you in terms of enjoying yourself, gaining and developing skills and experience and a great thing to have under your belt when applying for jobs. But aside from what you gain, it's also amazing to give your time and energy to an organisation like this and make a real difference in people’s lives in the city you live in. What I was able to contribute was by far the most rewarding part.

What would be your advice to anyone wanting to apply for the Board?

Go for it! The time commitment is not too much, I managed it in my final year, the people you'll meet are amazing and it's just so worth it!

What’s been your favourite moment/memory of your time on the Board of Trustees?

I don't know if I can pick just one! One of the beneficiaries who comes to lots of our events spoke at the Annual General Meeting and told us that at one of the safe club nights we run for adults with learning difficulties she had been able to try whiskey for the first time- I love that we made that happen! The ball was also a real highlight, raising money for SVC while having an amazing night- don't think I've ever laughed so much in my life.

Any final words you’d like to give people thinking of applying?

DO IT!!! It really will be one of the best things you do!