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Author: Zena Maziak

Tenovus Charity Volunteer


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My Work Experience Adventure at Tenovus Cancer Care Charity

Having completed my work experience, I wanted to highlight just how beneficial and rewarding volunteering can be, at any given charity! My role at Tenovus Cancer Care was to be a Social Media Assistant, having previous experience in blogging and being addicted to social media, this role fits me well.

I worked alongside two lovely ladies, Abigail and Cath, who have both worked at Tenovus Cancer Care for a long time and know the ins and outs of the charity very well… the first point of the call was to discuss what they felt the charity lacked, especially in the store I was based in. It was brought to my attention the charity overall was short of diversity within its volunteers, statistically speaking, those aged between 65 to 74 typically reflect those most likely to volunteer (NVCO, 2021). Both Abby and Cath agreed that their biggest goal would be to be able to increase the number of young volunteers and to increase the number of volunteers who have a disability.

This was really important to me because I know from experience, how daunting it can be to change scenery and try something new, having a disability myself some things can be a challenge and thus, I knew it was really important to highlight just how advantageous and fulfilling volunteering can be and just to overall reassure people that despite having a disability, you should not let your disability live your life for you and that Tenovus Cancer Care is an environment full of support, care and compassion.

After many Teams meetings and a lot of problem-solving, I suggested we target the age demographic head-on and post engaging content that would grab people’s attention on the relevant social media platforms. Globally speaking, Instagram’s main age demographic users are those aged between 18-24 (Statista, 2023), so, I suggested we mainly focus on uploading content to Instagram to be able to effectively target this demographic.

One challenge down, the next challenge heading my way was, what do we post??…

(Met Coaches, n.d.)

Again, I had to put my thinking cap on and really put thought into what I would find interesting to see if it were me on the other end of the phone. I came up with the idea that it would be really cool if I could record what the volunteers get up to in the shop, the reason behind them volunteering at Tenovus Cancer Care and how it has impacted them for the better – we all agreed that this would be a great way to enhance the awareness surrounding volunteering and provide a glimpse to how rewarding volunteering can be.

Having previous experience managing Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Premier Rush from my University studies, I found that I was really able to create engaging content from the videos I had recorded. It really allowed me to fully explore these platforms which normally I would find super scary but with a little practice and a few re-touches, I was able to create some super interesting Instagram reels which were all uploaded via the Tenovus Cancer Care Instagram page – everyone loved it, including those from the Marketing Department which I found to be really reassuring that I am able to be creative when I want to be.

I wasn’t finished just yet though… I really wanted to be able to use this opportunity to really highlight to people that having a disability shouldn’t isolate you or stop you from pursuing something you love and are passionate about, this is where Maddie comes in. Maddie is a volunteer at the store I was based in, she’s of a similar age to me and unfortunately suffers from chronic fatigue – an estimated 250,000 people in the UK also suffer from this illness and women are more susceptible to it than men (NICE, 2021). Throughout my work experience journey, I was really able to relate to Maddie, having a chronic illness myself really allowed me to understand her struggles on a deeper level and so, I decided to write a case study on Maddie and her experience here at Tenovus Cancer Care.

(Mantra, n.d.)

I really think this was the icing on the cake that the charity needed, by highlighting that someone who is young and disabled can thrive and push themselves to be the best version of themselves – after liaising with Nicola (PR and Comms Manager at Tenovus Cancer Care), who really helped me improve my case study writing further, it was decided that Maddie’s case study would be posted to the Tenovus Cancer Care Story page, this has yet to be done, however, Maddie did appear on BBC news to showcase that she has not let her disability stop her! I find that to be so aspirational and despite only knowing her briefly, I can say I am beyond proud.


Overall, this experience has been beyond amazing, I have not only met incredible people and made friends, I have also been able to improve on myself by pushing myself to the limit. At times I doubted my abilities and put myself down thinking that the content I created wasn’t good enough and this is something I will improve on as I continue my Marketing adventure – despite this, I have received immense positive feedback from those at Tenovus Cancer Care, family, friends and those on Facebook and Instagram who have seen the content published and this has definitely given me the confidence boost I needed.

This experience has really allowed me to expand my skills, especially self-motivation, communication, and leadership, all of which will benefit me greatly as I continue my journey.

Until we meet again… Zena M



Further Reading/References


Cancer – NHS (www.nhs.uk)


Statista, 2023. Distribution of Instagram users worldwide as of January 2023 by age group. Available at: https://www.statista.com/statistics/325587/instagram-global-age-group/ [Accessed: 1st May 2023]

NVCO, 2021. UK civil society almanac 2021. Available at: https://www.ncvo.org.uk/news-and-insights/news-index/uk-civil-society-almanac-2021/volunteering/what-are-the-demographics-of-volunteers/#/ [Accessed: 28th April 2023]

NICE, 2021. Myalgia encephalomyelitis (or encephalopathy)/chronic fatigue syndrome: diagnosis and management. Available at: https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance [Accessed: 1st May 2023]

Mantra Care, n.d. Chronic illnesses: Common types and therapies. Available at: https://mantracare.org/therapy/therapy-types/chronic-illness/ [Accessed: 1st May 2023]

Tenovus, 2023. Home. Available at: https://www.tenovuscancercare.org.uk [Accessed: 1st May 2023]

Met Coaches, n.d. The 9 challenges of organising a corporate event and their solutions. Available at: https://www.metcoaches.co.uk/blog/the-9-challenges-of-organising-a-corporate-event-and-their-solutions/ [Accessed: 1st May 2023]

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Why Volunteering Can Be Empowering

Why Volunteering Can Be Empowering.

I have written an article on Disability UK -Disabled Entrepreneur Journal today with the aim to market and promote the charity, ‘Tenovus’.

You can read the full article here:


Businesses can benefit from the publicity generated by the charity in exchange for advertising space. Volunteering can also boost one’s confidence and help the volunteer learn new skills. Volunteering can be fun and you get to meet lots of people and make new friends.

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145 Motivational Famous Quotes

145 Motivational Famous Quotes

To motivate and inspire and make a person feel empowered one needs to show empathy and make the person feel happy and motivated inside themselves. People love to read inspiring quotes. Here is a quote I have made you “listen to your heart and not to other people“, or “Chose your friends carefully as you will have lots of friends when you are successful“. I have highlighted in bold my favourite quotes of all time below.

Why are quotes so important?

Quotes serve as a daily reminder to carry on when we are faced with challenges. Setting daily quotes in your journal or wall calendar can help to motivate you for the day.

Positive quotes are words of wisdom which can inspire our happiness.

  1. Words of wisdom can motivate, inspire, and encourage a person.
  2. Motivational quotes can rewire our thought processes and our minds. If you believe you can achieve.
  3. Discover wisdom and insight that will help you in your life.
  4. If you are feeling down motivational quotes offer hope.
  5. Positive words empower people to keep carrying on.
  6. Meditation 5 minutes before you go to sleep and 5 minutes when you walk, can help you manifest what you desire.
  7. Motivational quotes can change your thinking and broaden your horizons.
  8. Carry around with you some motivational quotes “I am so happy a grateful that I have an abundance of money and am successful”.
  9. Think in the present tense that you have already achieved your goals.
  10. Be grateful for what you have and more will be given.

Positive quotes make you feel optimistic, empowered and ready to set goals. Your attitude should be of gratitide. Turn your attitude into a habit and practice it every day.

Remember our words and our thoughts influence our minds and this is called ‘neuroplasticity’. Never speak negatively or use negative words. Often, the words you read stay with you and affect how you think, act, and react, for a long time after hearing or reading them.

Famous Quotes:

  1. Don’t go spending time beating on a wall hoping to transform it into a door -Coco Chanel.
  2. Creativity is intelligence having fun -Albert Einstein
  3. Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier – Mother Theresa
  4. When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on. –  Franklin Roosevelt
  5. Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn -Benjamin Franklin
  6. It is doing our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light – Aristotle
  7. Whoever is happy will make others happy – Anne Frank
  8. Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  9. The greatest glory in living lies not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall – Nelson Mandela
  10. In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in the years – Abraham Lincoln
  11. Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up – Thomas A. Edison
  12. You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose – Dr. Seuss
  13. Life is never fair, and perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not -Oscar Wilde
  14. The only impossible journey is the one you never begin -Tony Robbins
  15. The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing – Walt Disney
  16. Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by the results of other people’s thinking -Steve Jobs
  17. If you look at what you have in your life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough – Oprah Winfrey
  18. Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans – John Lennon
  19. In this life, we cannot do great things, we can only do small things with great love – Mother Theresa
  20. Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile – Albert Einstein
  21. The purpose of our lives is to be happy – Dalai Lama
  22. You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough – Mae West
  23. Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined – Henry David Thoreau
  24. Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated – Confucius
  25. Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale – Hans Christian Anderson
  26. Do not let making a living prevent you from making a life – John Wooden
  27. Life is ours to be spent, not to be saved – D.H. Lawrence
  28. Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about – Marilyn Monroe
  29. Love the life you live. Live the life you love – Bob Marley
  30. Life is made of ever so many partings welded together -Charles Dickens
  31. The secret of getting ahead is getting started – Mark Twain
  32. Don’t be afraid to give up the good for the great – John D. Rockefeller
  33. You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great – Zig Ziglar
  34. Decide what you want. Believe you can have it. Believe you deserve it and believe it’s possible for you – Jack Canfield
  35. I believe the only courage anybody ever needs is the courage to follow your dreams – Oprah Winfrey
  36. Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe it can achieve – Napoleon Hill
  37. The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubt of today – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  38. If you can dream it, you can achieve it. You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want – Zig Ziglar
  39. Whether you think you can or think you can’t you’re right – Henry Ford
  40. Believe you can, and you’re halfway there – Theodore Roosevelt
  41. All our dreams will come true if we have the courage to pursue them – Walt Disney
  42. The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new – Socrates
  43. If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude – Mary Angelou
  44. Your mind is a powerful thing. When you fit it with positive thoughts, your life will start to change – Gautama Buddha
  45. A bad attitude is like a flat tire, if you don’t change it, you won’t go anywhere – Joyce Meyer
  46. The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams – Eleanor Roosevelt
  47. Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible – Tony Robbins
  48. Imagine your life is perfect in every aspect, what would it look like? Brian Tracy
  49. You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream -C.S. Lewis
  50. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning – Gloria Steinem
  51. Always bear in mind that your own resolution of success is more important than any other one thing – Abraham Lincoln
  52. I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have – Thomas Jefferson
  53. I never dreamed about success, I worked for it -Estee Lauder
  54. For every reason it’s not possible, there are hundreds of people who have faced the same circumstances and succeeded – Jack Canfield
  55. Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm – Winston Churchill
  56. I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse – Florence Nightingale
  57. Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it – Henry David Thoreau
  58. If you look really closely, most overnight successes took a long time – Steve Jobs
  59. If you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful – Eric Thomas
  60. Don’t be distracted by criticism. Remember – the only taste of success some people get is to take a bite out of you – Zig Ziglar
  61. Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts – Winston S. Churchill
  62. Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall – Confucius
  63. Nothing is impossible, the word itself says “I’m possible” – Audrey Hepburn
  64. Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is – Vince Lombardi
  65. It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop – Confucius
  66. When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it – Henry Ford
  67. I cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples – Mother Theresa
  68. The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why – Mark Twain
  69. The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle -Steve Jobs
  70. The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  71. Always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals – Michelle Obama
  72. Be yourself, everyone else is already taken – Oscar Wilde
  73. You have to be odd to be number one – Dr. Seuss
  74. The man who has confidence in himself gains the confidence of others – Hasidic Proverb
  75. Try not to become a person of success, but rather, try to become a person of value – Albert Einstein
  76. If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way – Napoleon Hill
  77. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit – Aristotle
  78. Go the extra mile, there’s no one on it -Grant Cardone
  79. The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty – Winston Churchill
  80. No one can make you feel inferior without your consent – Eleanor Roosevelt
  81. Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues but the parent of all others – Cicero
  82. Develop an ‘Attitude of Gratitude’ and say thank you to everyone you meet for everything they do for you -Brian Tracy
  83. In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years -Abraham Lincoln
  84. Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it – Charles Swindoll
  85. Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  86. I would rather die of passion than of boredom – Vincent Van Gogh
  87. The real test is not whether you avoid this failure because you won’t. Its whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it, whether you choose to persevere – Barack Obama
  88. If you don’t risk anything, you risk everything – Rob Moore
  89. You define your own life. Don’t let other people write your script – Oprah Winfrey
  90. You are not too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream – Malala Yousafzai
  91. What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  92. If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams, and you will always look lovely – Roald Dahl
  93.  Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud – Maya Angelou
  94. Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope – Martin Luther King. Jr.
  95. I believe that if you’ll just stand up, and go, life will open up for you. Something just motivates you to keep moving Tina Turner
  96. It ain’t about how you, hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward -Sylvester Stallone
  97. Trying to grow up is hurting. You make mistakes. You try to learn from them, and when you don’t, it hurts even more – Aretha Franklin
  98. If my mind can conceive it if my heart can believe it, then I can achieve it – Muhammad Ali
  99. Embrace the glorious mess that you are – Elizabeth Gilbert
  100. Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” – Confucius
  101. “They must often change who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.” – Confucius
  102. “What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others.” – Confucius
  103. “In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.” – Confucius
  104. “When anger rises, think of the consequences.” – Confucius
  105. “When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals; adjust the action steps.” – Confucius
  106. “Faced with what is right, to leave it undone shows a lack of courage.” – Confucius
  107. “To be able under all circumstances to practice five things constitutes perfect virtue; these five things are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness.” – Confucius
  108. “To see what is right, and not to do it, is want of courage or of principle.” – Confucius
  109. “Fine words and an insinuating appearance are seldom associated with true virtue.” – Confucius
  110. “Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.” – Confucius
  111. “Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation, there is sure to be a failure.” – Confucius
  112. “Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire.” – Confucius
  113. “Men’s natures are alike, it is their habits that carry them far apart.” – Confucius
  114. “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Confucius
  115. “Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.” – Confucius
  116. “Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles.” – Confucius
  117. “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.” – Confucius
  118. “Respect yourself and others will respect you.” – Confucius
  119. “Silence is a true friend who never betrays.” – Confucius
  120. “The superior man, when resting in safety, does not forget that danger may come. When in a state of security, he does not forget the possibility of ruin. When all is orderly, he does not forget that disorder may come. Thus, his person is not endangered, and his States and all their clans are preserved.” – Confucius
  121. “The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.” – Confucius
  122. “Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.” – Confucius
  123. “Study the past if you would define the future.” – Confucius
  124. “Where ever you go, go with all your heart.” – Confucius
  125. “Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men.” – Confucius
  126. “Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.” – Confucius
  127. “Have no friends not equal to yourself.” – Confucius
  128. “He who exercises government by means of his virtue may be compared to the north polar star, which keeps its place and all the stars turn towards it.” – Confucius
  129. “He who learns but does not think is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.” – Confucius
  130. “He who speaks without modesty will find it difficult to make his words good.” – Confucius
  131. “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” – Confucius
  132. “A superior man is modest in his speech but exceeds in his actions.” – Confucius
  133. “Be not ashamed of mistakes and thus make them crimes.” – Confucius
  134. “The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.” – Confucius
  135. “The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell.” – Confucius
  136. “By nature, men are nearly alike; by practice, they get to be wide apart.” – Confucius
  137. “He who will not economize will have to agonize.” – Confucius
  138. “When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.” – Confucius
  139. “He with whom neither slander that gradually soaks into the mind, nor statements that startle like a wound in the flesh, are successful may be called intelligent indeed.” – Confucius
  140. “If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of the one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself.” – Confucius
  141. “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius
  142. “If you look into your own heart, and you find nothing wrong there, what is there to worry about? What is there to fear?” – Confucius
  143. “Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon and star.” – Confucius
  144. “It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve, and bad things are very easy to get.” – Confucius
  145. “Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts?” – Confucius

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