JCI UK ACE Project- Going the Extra Mile

JCI UK ACE Project- Going the Extra Mile

June 24, 2011 9:47 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Mehnaz pic for JCIUK&JCILND blog.jpgActive Citizen Experience (ACE) is the new awards programme from JCI United Kingdom that that recognises JCI members volunteering their time, both inside and outside of JCI in their, local community.

Meet Mehnaz Siddiqui, Community Team Member of JCI Lodndon, to find out how she’s making an impact in her local community.

Can you tell us about your background?
I am a lawyer working for a firm in central London.

Why did you join JCI?
I joined JCI because I wanted to be part of a professional organisation that encourages personal development and participation in the local community. Project management is a particular skill I would like to develop and JCI supports members who have their own ideas for projects and offers the backing to put those projects into action. I love travelling so the international aspect was very appealing and of course the opportunity to make lots of new friends.

What community projects are you currently involved in outside of JCI and work?
I am a volunteer teacher for an educational charity which helps children from deprived communities between the ages of 5 and 14 with their school work. I am also a local authority appointed school governor and this role focuses on making managerial and financial decisions which affect schools and ultimately the quality of education.

How did you get involved?
I have always been interested in education and particularly teaching and I was thrilled to find a charity that allowed me to become involved in this type of volunteer work. I was appointed to the school governor position by my local authority earlier this year.

What new skills have you developed through volunteering?
Lots of patience! I’ve also developed an understanding of financial budgets and personnel issues.

What advice would you give to other JCI members wanting to get involved in their local community?
It is incredibly rewarding to spend your spare time doing something you enjoy which also benefits someone else. When you have helped a child understand a concept or problem which they were previously unable to grasp and you see how much this boosts their confidence, it is very satisfying. It is also a great way to meet people from different backgrounds and cultures.

Mehnaz is also a running Race for Life on Sunday 17 July support the JCI Hot Pink Ladies by visiting our sponsorship page

If you are already volunteering then simply fill in the form  to log your hours.

Interested in getting in involved? The following websites will you help started, just remember that helping a family member and friends also count towards your hours.

www.volunteering.org.uk

To find your nearest volunteering centre

www.do-it.org.uk

Search online for volunteering opportunities in your local area

www.timebank.org.uk

Search online for volunteering opportunities in your local area

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This post was written by Sofie Sandell

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