Students play an important role at the MND Association. By giving your time, you could help us to ensure that people affected by motor neurone disease receive the support and services they need. You don’t need personal experience of MND, just the desire to help.
Volunteering can support fulfilling course requirements, develop skills, boost your CV and you’ll meet some amazing people. Whether it’s events management, fundraising, campaigning or making a difference without moving off your sofa – we have something for you!
Perhaps you have your own ideas on how you would like to get involved?
Get in touch by filling out the form at the bottom of the page.
Volunteering role/s: Campaigns Contact (NI) and Young Ambassador
University: Ulster University (Queen’s University Belfast Graduate)
Course: MSc Communications, Public Relations and Political Lobbying
Why did you choose to volunteer for the Association?
My stepdad, Gerard, was diagnosed with MND in 2010 and I was frustrated with there not being a known cause or cure. I was an undergrad when I became an MND Association member because I wanted to do all I could to try and help my stepdad and others with MND. I couldn’t do research in a lab, so I started tweeting to raise awareness and gradually became involved with my branch.
Do you feel like you are making a difference?
I think this is the first time I’ve admitted this for fear of sounding egotistic, but I do feel like I’m making a difference. I think I’m making a small difference, but it’s jigsaw pieces of the bigger picture we’re striving towards. I’m currently involved in my first NI Assembly campaign, and I’m excited to be part of something that will hopefully help local people with MND.
Has or will your volunteering role benefit your professional career?
The skills you develop while volunteering would be of benefit to any professional career, but in my case my volunteering role highlighted a new career path. I changed what postgraduate course I applied for and I love that I can relate my volunteer activities to my studies and coursework. My volunteer role also provides great experience for a future career in PR or lobbying.
Would you recommend volunteering for the Association to a friend?
I would recommend volunteering for the Association to anyone. My involvement has introduced me to some amazing people, who inspire me every day. There is great support from staff and other volunteers, and it’s encouraging to know we are all here to help create a world free from MND.