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15 May 2013
With over 6,000 members of staff it’s not surprising that we have a large number of individuals who give of their own time by volunteering in their local communities.
Three such members of staff are Andy Berry, Dr Kate Gilliver and Mike Kennard who are all members of the Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team.
It is the dedication of volunteers such as Andy, Kate and Mike which enables the team to maintain an operational level of service, ensuring the safety of the public living and working in the Central Beacons area.
The group shared with Blas how and why they decided to join the mountain rescue team and how they feel that they have benefited from volunteering:
Mike Kennard, Systems Manager in the School of Mathematics has been a volunteer with the Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team for six years, and is currently a trainee Party Leader.
Mike decided to join the Central Mountain Rescue team after a trip to Dartmoor. In his time on the team, Mike has attended a range of callouts, from planes crashed into the top of mountains to the recent search for April Jones in Machynlleth. Mike told us how his volunteering experiences have helped him in his work at Cardiff University, from working as an effective team member to empathising with a wide range of people.
Listen to Mike sharing his experiences with the Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team
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Dr Kate Gilliver is a Lecturer in the School of History, Religion and Archaeology. Kate first got involved with search and rescue activity by volunteering as a 'dogsbody' with the Search and Rescue Dog Association. Then, two and a half years ago she decided to join the Central Beacons Mountain Rescue team.
Kate told us that you don't have to be a "hill ninja or a crack mountain climber" to get involved with the team. In fact you don't even have to be an operational team member at all, as you can also get involved by supporting and fundraising for the team.
Listen to Kate sharing her experiences with the Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team
Andy Berry is the Director of the Occupational Safety, Health and Environment Unit. Six months ago, Andy became a Foundation member of the team, after spending "many hours embedded in the countryside waiting to be found" over a number of years as a volunteer with the Search & Rescue Dog Association. Andy wanted to give something back to the community and to do something which was challenging and rewarding.
Listen to Andy sharing his experiences with the Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team
If you have been inspired by the group's experiences you can find out more about the work of the Central Beacons Mountain Rescue team and how to get involved at www.cbmrt.org.uk .
Do you volunteer in your local community? If so, we would love to hear your story. If you would like to share your volunteering experiences in a future edition of Blas please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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