Thursday, 24 April 2014
A University of Worcester Psychology student has been awarded a University Scholarship to assist her in volunteering with a mental health charity.
Billie Brewer, originally from Herefordshire, works as a volunteer for the Mid Powys branch of Mind – a leading charity which works to support and advise those with mental health problems – in their resource centre in Llandrindod Wells. The scholarship will assist Billie with costs involved, such as transportation.
The drop-in centre gives people the opportunity to interact with other members and build up a network of support. Billie’s role is to interact with those using the service, and to ensure that they are given as much support and information as they need.
She says: “It is great that students like me get support from the University to take part in volunteer work like this, which will help me gain life and career experience.
“As a Psychology student, it’s good to be gaining valuable experience with a mental health organisation which will help me make career choices. My volunteering is also giving me more in-depth and practical understanding of mental health conditions, having had direct contact with various people who use the service.”
Billie also volunteers with national mental health charity Mindfull, and recently benefited from mentoring sessions delivered by the organisation at the University of Worcester. As part of this role, she helps to mentor 11-17 year-olds who require support and guidance.
She continues: “My volunteering experience has already developed my confidence and interpersonal communication skills, which are beneficial to all aspects of my life. It has also enlightened me in terms of possible career opportunities available to me.”
Dr Tim Jones, Head of Psychological Sciences at the University, says: “Billie’s award is testament to the commitment our students place on reaching out to their local communities and beyond.
“Volunteering provides vital work experience for many career paths in Psychology, and I am exceptionally pleased that Billie has been awarded a University Scholarship to help her with this important work.”