This month the volunteer in focus is Unsa Chaudri, who talked to us about her previous experience volunteering at the Olympics and Paralympics and why she's looking forward to the tournament next year.
Tell us how you first got involved in volunteering…
I have always been interested in helping people. I volunteered at school and University and that led to further opportunities. I volunteered at the Olympics and Paralympics in 2012 which was an amazing experience. I volunteer over the winter period for Crisis, a homeless charity, which I have done for seven years. Currently, I am a local Government councillor and a school governor.
Can you briefly sum up some of the great opportunities volunteering has given you?
Volunteering has given me opportunities such as becoming a qualified canoeing coach and further gaining a mountain leader qualification. Volunteering gives me personal satisfaction and an insight into a potential career pathway I may not have originally considered.
What excites you about the opportunity to volunteer at next year’s ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019, and what role have you applied for?
England and Wales last hosted the Men’s Cricket World Cup 20 years ago and I want to showcase how far we have come. I would love to be part of it, even if it is a small part. I want to be able to proudly share the fact that I was part of the tournament and hopefully inspire a generation of boys and girls to help promote diversity in cricket.
I have applied for the Broadcast & Media role as I have a huge interest in it. I want to help the team reach a broader audience outside the ground and help contribute to people having more access to it.
At your First Innings Selection Session, what did your team create in the Dragons Den exercise? Were there any other creations you liked in this activity?
Our team created glasses which enabled spectators to rewind, pause and zoom live action from the ground. A further feature of the glasses was that you can order services from the glasses right to your seat! Another team at the session modernised the Velcro bat and ball game which young people can access in between overs.
Do you think volunteering has helped you in your work life?
At work, you tend to only socialise with people with the same experiences in the same industry and share industry knowledge with one another. However, when you volunteer you get to exercise so many different skills by getting to know other people. Volunteering has given me a boost of confidence which I take into work; I feel more confident conversing in a work setting as I’ve had experience talking to such a wide range of people.
We saw the success of last year’s ICC Women’s World Cup engaging a female audience in cricket – do you feel there is a shift coming for women both playing and volunteering in the sport?
Due to the success of last year’s success of the Women’s World Cup, Sky Sports did a piece on female cricketers showcasing their bowling techniques. I started to reflect on this and thought if I had seen this when I was younger I would have been inspired to participate in cricket as an extra curriculum activity.