The Volunteer Spotlight is a feature that takes a look at the volunteers who are involved with ACE and whose efforts make the work that we do possible.
In this edition we chatted to Nikki Elsworth who volunteered at our GCSE drop-in session for one year, and then this year became our English Subject Champion at the Core Subject Focus session on Thursdays.
Tell us a bit about yourself – how long you’ve been in Cardiff, where else you’ve lived, hobbies etc.
I am currently living in Caerphilly but started volunteering with ACE one and a half years ago while living in Cardiff after relocating from Gloucester. I like to keep active and be involved in different activities and trying out new skills. When I am not working or volunteering, I like to go jogging, walking or cycling or doing something creative, painting, sketching or crochet.
How long have you been involved with the TLC and why did you get involved initially?
I started volunteering with TLC homework club while still living in Cardiff and attended the Tuesday GCSE sessions, helping mainly with English but also with Maths and Science where needed. When moving to Cardiff, I wanted to volunteer my time to help others and found out about ACE. After talking to Gerry and John about volunteering for TLC, I knew that it was what I was looking for at the time. Now that I live in Caerphilly it is harder for me to make it to the sessions after work, but I still volunteer for the club by planning the English sessions.
What do you enjoy most about the club?
I love working together with people, the enthusiasm of the club members and volunteers and that just giving up a bit of your time each week makes a difference to the students that attend.
What do you enjoy least?
I enjoyed attending the sessions each week but since I moved, I cannot make it to the sessions on time, so I miss that aspect, but I like knowing that I can help with the planning and still be involved in some way.
Tell us about your other volunteering work and the importance of volunteering for you
I enjoy volunteering and think it is quite important for community spirit and it is important to get involved. It brings people together and a little bit of time and attention can really make a difference. I also volunteer with a social group and I have started volunteering for the Scouting group as well as volunteering for TLC.
Anything you’d like to mention to potential volunteers?
Volunteering with TLC is a good opportunity to spend a few hours a week making a difference. It not only helps the students but also gives you the opportunity to get to know the people in your community a little better and may also help with career options in the future. Just giving an hour or so per week to volunteer and help can really benefit the students as well as providing extra support for ACE and the volunteers.