Meet our volunteers

What motivates our volunteers and what do they get out of it? Our community of over 50,000 volunteers from a huge range of jobs across the UK all have a story to tell about why they want to help raise children’s aspirations by showing them exciting future possibilities.

Read some of their stories here and sign up at the top of the page to start inviting volunteers to inspire your class.

Jahnavi Daru, SpR in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Clinical Lecturer

18th November 2019

18th November 2019

Jahnavi Daru is an SpR in Obstetrics and Gynaecology as well as a Clinical Lecturer. Despite the time away from home, Jahnavi enjoys his career and helping women with complex needs throughout their pregnancies.  He took the time to answer some questions about his work and the advice he would give to young people to […]

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Katherine Barratt, Midwife

4th November 2019

4th November 2019

Katherine Barratt is a Midwife at Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. Many individuals start off in one line of work and then change into another when something changes in their lives.  That was the way with Katherine, who was doing something completely different to what she does now when she started working. Can you give […]

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Ozma Ashiq, Senior Sister Cardiology

21st October 2019

21st October 2019

Ozma Ashiq works as a Senior Sister of Cardiology at Frimley Health NHS Trust. After starting a degree in something that had nothing to do with healthcare, Ozma decided to change her career path when she got a job as a Healthcare Assistant.  Since then, she has been doing some amazing work in cardiology departments […]

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Marsha Jones, Countywide Community Services Manager

7th October 2019

7th October 2019

Marsha Jones is a Countywide Community Services Manager for Specialist Teams at the Worcestershire Health and Care Trust. After being discouraged to become an actress, Marsha was told that nursing would be a good career path.  After taking up a role, she hasn’t looked back and she’s taken the time to tell us why. Can […]

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Adam Stewart, Engagement Officer

23rd September 2019

23rd September 2019

Adam Steward is an Engagement Officer for the NHS Leeds CCG. “Going with the flow” is the advice Adam would give to young people interested in his career.  This is especially poignant as Adam wasn’t aware that this was a career option for him. Can you give some example of what you do in a […]

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Ian Hall, Macmillan Social Worker

9th September 2019

9th September 2019

Ian Hall is a Macmillan Social Worker for the Northumbria Health Care Trust. Starting off his career in the Royal Navy, Ian proves that you do not have to continue in the same line of work that you started in.  Changing careers for a few reasons, he now works as a Macmillan Social Worker. Can […]

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Russell Fichett, Advanced Practice Therapeutic Radiographer

26th August 2019

26th August 2019

Russell Fichett is an Advanced Practice Therapeutic Radiographer at Norfolk and Norwich University Foundation Trust. Everyone in working for the NHS does amazing work at keeping the nation healthy, including Russell.  His work with cutting-edge computer software and his research changes the lives of patients with cancer and he is always developing his skills to […]

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Victoria Thompson, Diabetes Specialist Podiatrist

12th August 2019

12th August 2019

Victoria Thompson works as a Diabetes Specialist Podiatrist for the East London Foundation Trust. Before starting a career with the NHS, Victoria undertook work experience at a private podiatry practice.  Finding that this was a career that interested her and that she enjoyed, she applied for a three year degree and, after completion, for a […]

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Zara Head, Lead Nurse Primary Care Quality

29th July 2019

29th July 2019

Zara is the Lead Nurse of Primary Care Quality at NHS Doncaster CCG. Becoming a Registered Nurse in 1993, Zara’s career has progressed well as her skills and experiences have grown.  From working directly with patients in Accident and Emergency to becoming a Queen’s Nurse, Zara has detailed her experiences below. Can you give some […]

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Shareen Pavaday, Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Lead

22nd July 2019

22nd July 2019

Shareen is an Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Lead at North Middlesex University. Starting her NHS career off working in the Radiotherapy Department, Shareen used her experience and skills to get into her current position.  Below, Shareen details her journey and why she decided to make a change.   I qualified as a Therapy Radiographer and […]

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