Case Study - Amy Mistry
Name: Amy Mistry
Voluntary Role: Coaching Assistant for Disability Cricket, Essex
I originally started volunteering through disability sport - I was on a placement (as part of my physiotherapy degree) and saw a leaflet about the England disability cricket team. I decided then to contact the ECB via their website and fill in an ‘Expression of Interest Form’.
Almost straight away I received an email from my local vCricket Manager, who informed me about the various voluntary opportunities I could get involved in, specifically linked with disability cricket.
As it happened, there was an opportunity to help Essex County Cricket Club with their disability training sessions, so I jumped at the chance to get involved. From that point on, I’ve been offered the opportunity to be part of several other events – it’s great!
I volunteer for numerous reasons; I have been playing cricket for the past 10 years of my life and cricket is what I live for, it is great to see and help other people and especially disabled people play a sport that I love. Personally, I get so much from helping anyone that wanted to play and improve!
Another reason is, as I study physiotherapy, this is where the disabled component comes in and it allows to me build up contacts so when I finish my degree I have numerous options available. It will look great on my CV and I hope that potential employers will recognise how committed I am from my volunteering.
From volunteering I get to see the enjoyment in people faces in a sport that I love too! You don't actually realise how fun and great volunteering is until you do it. At first you think it won't be that great as you’re giving up your free time, but it isn't until you've tried it for a while that you realise how much of a difference to people’s lives you can actually make!