Another successful Student Volunteering Week

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A total of 12 events were hosted with the help of various departments and organisations across The SU. We were successful in raising a whopping £3000 and had over 350 people involved in our fundraising and volunteering events. For those who may have missed some of the events or are maybe curious on how the week went by, here are the best bits in a nutshell:

  1. Get Lost 

This event was held on 7th Feb by RAG who hosted their own style of club night, where around 200 students boarded the buses on campus and headed for a secret location which was only revealed on arrival. Psssst - this time it was Cardiff! The event was such a success that a second event is being planned for 6th March.

Pro Tip: Be quick to buy the tickets before they sell out!

  1. Take me out 

On 10th Feb, RAG hosted another event, this time it was on their own version of a TV programme: Take Me Out. They partnered up with Deliveroo and served free food at Tub which was attended by almost 100 students.

  1. Volunteering Opportunity Fair – Ghika, Volunteering Coordinator

On 10th Feb, 19 different charities came together to host the Volunteering Fair to meet students and talk about a great range of volunteering opportunities, right from befriending to social media support.

  1. Sydney Gardens Open Session

This event was held on 12th Feb and was a collaboration between Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Parks Team, The Friends of Sydney Gardens, local residents’ groups and the Holbourne Museum. Working with the Sydney Gardens Project a team of SU Volunteers spent two hours planting snowdrops in Sydney Gardens. The project aimed to “Revitalise Sydney Gardens as a beautiful Pleasure Garden with peaceful and tranquil spaces, that achieves a renaissance as a unique, fun and restorative environment, for all ages.”

  1. Why is volunteering good for my career?

This event was held in collaboration with the Volunteering and Careers team who prepared a join presentation on the benefits of Volunteering as an international student. The event highlighted the skills, one could gain as a volunteer that would in turn reap benefits for your CV and interviews. The session was really successful and hence is being considered to be replicated as a generic version for anyone interested in volunteering!

  1. Charity Sting

On 12th Feb, RAG’s Big 4 Charities: Rag’s Big Four Charities: Wicked Weather Watch, Genesis Trust, Great Western Air Ambulance and Bath Samaritans and student volunteers. The event involved brainstorming on key issues presented by the Charity in the form of speed dating style – 15 minutes for each issue. This innovative style of session gave students the opportunity to experiment with their business skills and the charities an insight into their audience’s way of thinking. This was an interesting session as part of the Make a Difference Programme which helped in ideas being generated and their possibility of being picked up and taken forward.

  1. Let’s be Lovers: A conversation with a refugee

This event was hosted by Bath Star with Vik Saha as the keynote speaker. The event was attended by 8 members (a record for a non-volunteering event), who raised questions such as:

  • What is your income like? (£37.50 a week, well below the poverty line)
  • What are the differences between refugees and asylum seekers?
  • What are detention centres like?
  • Do you like cheese?

The discussions were engaging and remarkably light hearted, leaving the audience members with a feeling that they had learnt a lot and something to think about when they went home.

  1. Marrowmance

Marrow hosted a Donor Recruitment and Rose Sale by partnering up with the Flower Bunch. This was a perfect combination to attract people on Valentines Day’s to contribute to their lifesaving efforts. In spite of the rainy weather, the beautiful flowers and the enthusiasm shown by the volunteers helped encourage students to consider joining the stem cell register. With 10 new potential lifesavers savers being signed up and enough money being raised for one new donor, the event was quite a success!

  1. Charity Sector Leadership and Management

Upon receiving a huge level of interest in the Charity Sector from a number of SU volunteers, CharityWorks hosted a Charity Sector Graduate Training Scheme to provide more guidance. They were joined by a Charity Works Alumni who spoke about their experience on the scheme and how it was structured, thereby providing a more up close and personal experience. This provided an unique insight into the industry and made students feel more optimistic and hopeful of their future!

  1. Urban Beach Clean Programme

The second Urban Beach Clean of the year took place on Thursday 14th and had a team of volunteers starting their cleaning initiative from the Virgil building in town, looping round the centre and finishing in Victoria Park. This was organised in partnership with The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, an amazing local charity who is trying to educate people on how rubbish enters waterways and then into the ocean, including drains in our local street!

  1.  Classroom Painting at Twerton Infant School

This project involved painting the classroom at Twerton Infant School, located in an underprivileged neighbourhood. A group of Volunteers from University of Bath attended the event and worked together with the Head Teacher over a period of 2 days. They contributed towards the transformation of the walls from and old and out dated colour to a beautiful off-white that opened up the rooms. The event was such a success and a fun activity for the volunteers to engage in, that they plan to have more of such events in the future - such as an Easter egg hunt with the children for Easter!

  1.  Family Funday

This event was a collaboration between Time2Share and University of Bath where 3 student volunteers helped out with soup and bread making workshop as well as the craft area where they made pompoms and tote bags with families. This was a fun and interactive session with families constituting a disabled or young child. By offering their time and enthusiasm the event was successful in bringing joy to these families.

Looking to get involved in volunteering? Check out how you can get involved at thesubath.com/volunteers

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