On February 20-26th National Student Volunteering Week took over your Students’ Union Volunteering Centre. Did you take part? Were you inspired to take on volunteering opportunities yourself? Yay!
We’ve gathered some stories to show off your amazing work, and to hopefully inspire you and your peers to join in more volunteering all-year-around.
· Over 180 students took part in planned Student Volunteer Week activities.
· 22 events took place over the week including serving meals at Tasty Tuesdays, planting hawthorns at Carrington primary school, and signing up students to be on the blood stem cell donor register at QMC.
· You supported 16 charities/community groups
Of course we also want to hear your thoughts on how the week was for you. Here are two you’ve sent already, and we’d love to hear from more of you!
I chose to take part in Student Volunteer Week to get more active in my local community. The projects I got involved with were new to me, but I had great fun and enjoyed being part of the team of volunteers!
- Nick Robinson
I would say that the volunteer events I have been involved in this week have been an extremely enlightening experience. I study sociology so know a lot of theory around the kinds of people I spent my time with this week and it was great to actually talk and get to know them on a personal level. It has left me feeling so fulfilled knowing I have in some small way helped others, and I would do it again in a heartbeat.
- Jasmine Bowman
The Lenton Centre's Tasty Tuesdays project were thrilled to have received such a positive response for National Student Volunteer Week. Ten students signed up to come and prepare and cook food for our free community meal. We served Mac n Cheese with a side of roasted vegetables followed by a selection of cakes. The students worked very hard and the meal itself was very well received by our diners.
Lenton is an area that is heavily populated by students so we encourage as many as possible to get involved in local community activities. One of the most positive outcomes for us was the number of students that signed up to volunteer with us on an ongoing basis. Our meal is funded through donations and provided by volunteers so we are always looking for more help.
Student Volunteering week helps us advertise our volunteering project to Nottingham students so that we can raise more awareness of our charity. During our session this week we signed up 67 students to the stem cell register (Brings Marrow’s total for this academic year 321!) and raised £90 for Anthony Nolan. The more people know about Marrow's work, the more lives that can be saved!
Clough Taylor People’s Run
Shuyi Hu and Yi Luan, students at Nottingham University, volunteered their time to support the Clough Taylor People’s Run at Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham yesterday (Sunday 26th February). The two students managed the all-important water station for the event ensuring runners were adequately hydrated with drinks at the half way point and at the finish. Feedback and comments from participants have been universally positive and complimentary. Event Director Jim Cowan said, “Shuyi and Yi were fantastic volunteers. After being briefed they went about their allotted task professionally and efficiently and fitted in with the rest of the volunteer team exceptionally well. Events like ours can’t happen without volunteer help and the support of the two students and their university is very greatly appreciated.”
Chairman - People’s events
Student Action Refugees – UoNSU Society
260 asylum seekers have been supported this year from 2352 hours volunteered in English classes.
Celebrating student volunteers
Thank you to everybody who took part in Student Volunteering Week!
If you're interested in volunteering opportunities, please contact your Students' Union Volunteering team.