After researching into the background of the Victoria Climbie Foundation, I instantly felt this would be the perfect organisation to begin volunteering with. I had similar interests in crime and child safeguarding as well as the director of the Foundation coming from a law background, a field which I am going into. The team at VCF were supportive and welcoming from the beginning. My mentor (programme director) immediately identified my needs and the best way to use me within the Foundation; it made my experience fulfilling and useful knowing that I was contributing directly into VCF work, and of great importance in helping me broaden my personal skills. I am looking forward to attending the 10 year VCF anniversary conference this November as well as carrying out future placements when I have time off university.