We really couldn’t do what we do without the commitment and enthusiasm of our student volunteers. So to mark Student Volunteering Week (10-16 Feb) we decided to chat with some of our newest Student Ambassadors and delve into their reasons for getting involved. We caught up with Saffah – a third year MPharm student at the University of Lincoln.
Tell us a little about yourself and your Pharmacy School
I’m a third year MPharm student at the University of Lincoln. I was the first Pharmacist Support Ambassador for my University, and I am also a PDA student representative.
Why did you decide to become a Pharmacist Support Student Ambassador?
After hearing that Pharmacist Support is a charity specifically for the pharmacy profession, I was intrigued to learn about the range of support available, from financial support, to the Wardley Wellbeing service. I attended a conference where a speaker discussed some struggles that they had encountered, and thanks to Pharmacist Support they were able to get their life back on track again. This made me sincerely appreciate the services offered and I immediately knew that I wanted to be involved and help in whatever way I could.
Why is the charity important to you?
The charity is important to me because as pharmacy students, we are taught to help others and look out for certain signs that someone may need support. However, some students or pharmacists may struggle to find help for themselves or know when to seek advice, if they are having a difficult time. Knowing that Pharmacist Support offers help and support is really reassuring.
What fundraising activities have you got planned?
During welcome week at my University, I participated in raising awareness about Pharmacist Support and the #GoGreen4PS campaign. It was really exciting and PS provided lots of balloons and fun props to take pictures with.
Why do you think others should sign up to become PS Student Ambassadors?
The PS Student Ambassador scheme is a great way to network within the pharmacy profession outside from University. It also encourages creativity and positivity, since planning and executing events can be great fun with a good team!