SOS story – May 23 2017

Meet one of our young volunteers

It’s Volunteer’s Week from 1-7 June – an opportunity for us to say a huge thank-you to all the fantastic volunteers who help to make the work of SOS Children's Villages UK possible. To mark the occasion, we sat down with one of our student volunteers to find out how he is helping us to change the lives of orphaned and abandoned children around the world.

Ken* joined the SOSUK team in March as part of the work he is doing for his silver Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE) – a youth achievement award that gives young people the opportunity to volunteer for a charity of their choice.  

Ken chose to work with SOSUK for six months as he shares our belief that every child should have access to a quality education in a safe environment. Ken first came across SOSUK in 2015 when we visited his school to talk about the effects of civil war on children. When he found out our offices were close to his school in Cambridge, he was eager to get involved.

Over the last two months Ken has lent us a helping hand with several projects, including database management, digital uploading and merchandise management. 

"SOSUK has taught me that, as a student, what I have to offer can be put to good use to help for a better cause. It has also taught me IT skills and communications skills in an office environment."


Ken will still be volunteering with the SOSUK team for another four months, but he has already said he would love to come back to help us after completing his DofE. 

Hear SOS volunteer Ken talk about his work with SOSUK in this video clip.


If you’d like to change the lives of orphaned and abandoned children around the world, please get in touch with SOSUK today to find out how you can help. Find out more about volunteering here.

* name has been changed to protect identity