This year I’m volunteering my writing skills for the third annual TEDx Brixton event *Smiley face*.

TEDx is a great way to localise the global conference for everyday folk who want to be a part of the ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’ phenomena.

When I first joined the team, I was fuelled with enthusiasm! But after a few weeks, I began to realise the impact volunteering had on my day-to-day schedule. I started to wonder ‘can I really handle all of this work whilst working full-time?’

But writing for an organisation as prestigious as TEDx was an opportunity that I couldn’t let pass by, so I decided to continue volunteering with the team and these are some of my reasons why:

  • To spend quality time away from my 9-5. Although I will still be working to a degree, it’s a completely different experience than working in an office. There’s a lot more ownership involved so it’s more like a personal project.
  • To develop my existing skills. As a writer, it’s mega for me to keep refining my skills. Working for TEDx gives me the opportunity to write about topics I wouldn’t write about in my 9-5.
  • Use my professional experience to benefit others. My skills can make a huge difference to this organisation and potentially boost ticket sales (so I keep telling myself) so what better way to give back then to do something I’m good at?!
  • To meet new people. I love that fact that I’m working with a diverse team – and everybody is super friendly! Volunteering is a great way to connect with like-minded people who come from a range of different backgrounds and specialisms.

TEDx is great and if you’d like to learn more about the organisation, check out their website here! To find out more about volunteering opportunities in London, see Team London and V-Inspired for inspo!


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