Jenny Coomes, 2nd Year BSc Zoology
What volunteering have you been involved with (FXU or other)?
I did a lot of volunteering with FXU Community Action in my first year. Events included; beach cleans at Polzeath and Par, hazel coppicing at Trelissick Gardens with the National Trust, moorland management in West Penwith. I have also volunteered for our biology society EcoSoc on beach cleans, dune management and helping to raise money for charities. Outside of university I have volunteered for the RSPB on the Cornish Chough Project.
What motivates you to volunteer?
I really enjoy being outside and doing physical work as it presents a nice change from doing assignments inside. The sense of achievement at the end of a hard day is very rewarding. I really enjoy the opportunity to help people in the community and see a wider area of Cornwall. Volunteering gives me the opportunity to go to places off campus that I wouldn’t otherwise get to visit.
What have you take away from volunteering whilst at University?
I won an FXU award in my first year for most active Community Action Volunteer and I’m really grateful that I was recognised for the volunteering that I did in the year. Volunteering helps to alleviate stress. Focusing my energies on a different project, especially conservation work, for a while, is really useful and reminds me why I am doing my degree. I would definitely recommend volunteering even if it’s just one day every so often.