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Grace’s gap year volunteering story

A young volunteer from Leicester is encouraging other young people to take a gap year in the UK that will help people in need, showing that volunteering has the power to change lives and teach new skills.

Grace Tadd, 19, made the brave decision to move away from home to Lancaster and volunteer full-time after leaving college, through UK volunteering charity CSV.

Grace wanted to do something worthwhile with her year away from education.

She was pointed in CSV’s direction by her mother, who also volunteered through the charity when she was 18.

Grace now assists a student at Lancaster University who is a wheelchair user, by helping him with dressing, cooking and cleaning, and settling into university life.

Speaking about living away from home, Grace says: ‘I didn’t know what to expect – this was the first time I had moved away from home and I didn’t know anyone. For a little while I felt homesick, but as I got to know people and made new friend...

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