Caring for others

Caring for and helping other people is driven by deep value-based motivations and concerns to make a positive and practical difference to the lives of other people. Caring can take many forms. At home it might involve being a parent, or looking after an elderly, sick, disabled or needy member of the family. Outside the family it might involve voluntary work in all sorts of organisations that help particular groups of people for example befriending the elderly, providing home help or gardening, tutoring school children or helping out at brownies. In our survey of lifewide learning habits over 20% of students responding to the survey claimed that caring for others was important or very important to their development as a person. On this page you can see a collection of stories about students that have done just that.

An emotional Story about how an inspirational figure can effect other lives

‘The one person I have to thank for making it financially possible for me to return to university to continue my learning was L; the young girl who I worked with as a nanny. But not only making it possible for me to afford to learn academically, L also taught me the most important things I will ever learn about life.’

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Caring for others and being responsible

‘I have a brother who is severely visually impaired and categorised as a blind person. As well as being blind his left hand is partly paralysed so that he can not use it……I decided to accept the responsibility to take care of my brother in order for him to come to the UK and develop his English skills and follow his dream of pursuing higher education.’


The rewarding role of mentoring

‘My role as a Court Life Mentor naturally involves listening to each and every one of my 41 mentees (fortunately not all 41 every week!). This was particularly highlighted on my shift this evening as one of my mentees just needed to have a bit of a rant about a housemate. Reflecting on this conversation made me realise all the skills I had to use just in that 15 minutes of conversation.’


Gaining a better understanding of others

‘I have been volunteering as a mentor at Kings College, helping a GCSE art student, as well as at Oakleaf Enterprise, helping adults with mental-health problems learn how to use Microsoft Office in order to gain employment.  I hope to become a clinical psychologist and so I felt it was important to try and gain a better understanding of people I may not normally spend time with, and the problems they face.’

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Caring for others – volunteering for a good cause

‘I began working voluntarily for MENCAP the summer I left school and have returned every year since, with the exception of placement year. G, the leader of the programme, inspired me to sign up during a presentation at school where she explained how beneficial the scheme is both for the children and their parents. However she underestimated how educating and rewarding the experience can be and how much energy is required!’

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