Want to get into charity work? Here’s how these women did it

Looking to get into charity work? But not sure how to go about it? List for Life are here to help.

Here are three women who have made careers for themselves out of helping others. Read their stories and check out their advice for how you can follow in their footsteps.


Kris Hallenga

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Kris (left) and Sinead, the Social Media Manager (right) of CoppaFeel! – (Image Credit: CoppaFeel!)

Kris Hallenga was only 23-years-old when she was diagnosed with cancer. It was shocking but she decided she had to use her story to help others. CoppaFeel! was born and that charity is on a mission to get ALL breast cancer detected as early as possible.

“My advice to young people would be to find out what you really want to do in the third sector, go volunteer and discover what you really believe in. If you’re passionate, you’re half way there already.”

Read the full interview here.


Louise Turtle

Image Credit: Louise Turtle

Image Credit: Louise Turtle

Louise Turtle, 22, has been involved with mentoring charity Debate Mate for over four years. The organisation teaches children in deprived schools across the UK to debate and develop essential communication skills that will help them later on in life.

“Charity work challenges you to question the status quo. For me, the current inequalities in education are something I don’t accept.  Debate Mate has a great initiative: debating really helps students advocate for themselves, which in the past has been a prerogative of independent schools.”

Read the full interview here.


Alison Naftalin

Image Credit: Alison Naftalin

Image Credit: Alison Naftalin

After travelling to Ghana and volunteering for 2 months, Alison Naftalin knew she wanted to do more to help. She has now given up her job as a lawyer and is the founder of charity Lively Minds. Building play schemes to help children in their early development, the charity helps hundreds of people over in Africa.

“Starting up a charity is really challenging. But if nobody else is doing it and you see a need and a demand, then you should go for it. The thing about extreme poverty, as terrible as it is, is that there is a huge scope to really make a big difference. What you do can make a real impact.”

Read the full interview here.

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