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The faces of SU Volunteering

The faces of SU Volunteering

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Help us celebrate student volunteering at Bath, this is what Bath Students have been up to. 

 

 

 

 

 

Saffron Gupta 

MSc International Development, Sustainability and Social Justice

Project Leader for V Team's V Graduate 

I promote volunteering opportunities to postgraduate students and encourage them to get involved in volunteering opportunities. I have enjoyed getting to know more people and discovering the many online volunteering opportunities.

‘For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction’ Issac Newton

 

Emil Galanides

Biomedical Science 

Novice and Virtual Coordinator Bath Fencing 

I am involved in providing training for newcomers to the sport and integrating them into the club. This means being in charge of the beginner sessions and checking up on these members. After the pandemic hit, I took up the role of virtual coordinator – arranging virtual sessions for all club members so that we could train despite being locked down.

I was awarded volunteer of the semester for my efforts throughout semester 1, providing safe and effective training in-person where possible, as well as organising and hosting weekly virtual sessions.

Volunteering has given me a real sense of community. It’s an extraordinary feeling to see that what you are doing has a direct, positive impact on people’s lives.

 

 

 

 

 

Vishnupriya Venkatesan

Final year – School of Management

Student Trainer 

‘As a student trainer this year, I had the opportunity to work with other people in sharing our passion and knowledge with our peers. In particular, I enjoyed the ‘Staying Active and Healthy’ session, where I had the chance to promote recreational sports and fitness. Thank you to the Skill Training team for supporting and guiding us!’

 

Moses Paul-King

Physics

Working with the V Virtual team, helping charities online, doing research.

My stand-Out achievement: Helping earn 52,000 grains of rice for the UN World Food Programme

“Working as a volunteer is a wonderful experience. It allows me to improve my skills, meet new people and help others at the same time. It’s a win-win!”

 

Victoria Hancock

Mathematics
V Team – V Virtual

As part of V Virtual I complete many voluntary projects, including creating a database for the Whale and Dolphin Conservation, taking part in FreeRice challenges, transcribing manuscripts for the National Archives to name a few. I thoroughly enjoy and look forward to V Lounge every week.

Although I don’t have a specific stand-out achievement, completing so many different projects and helping make a difference to such a wide variety of charities, despite the coronavirus pandemic has really given me a sense of self-fulfilment. It highlights what you can achieve regardless of circumstances beyond your control.

Volunteering unites everyone in a common cause. It allows us to: help others, make a difference and look after our wellbeing, which is something that we all need.

Alison Yip

Architecture

Student Trainer 

‘As a student trainer this year, I had the opportunity to work with other people in sharing our passion and knowledge with our peers. In particular, I enjoyed the ‘Staying Active and Healthy’ session, where I had the chance to promote recreational sports and fitness. Thank you to the Skill Training team for supporting and guiding us!’
 

Akif Jabir

School of Management
Student Trainer 

"Student trainer is a wonderful initiative by the SU, allowing for interactive peer-led learning on various topics highly relevant for students. I became a student trainer in September of 2020. I decided to take on this role to improve my presentation and delivery skills. It was also something different from the volunteering roles I have had before and thought it would be a great way to meet new people and make connections within the SU. I must say, even though it's been different from other years with everything being online, it is still a great learning experience. On top of being able to improve my presentation skills, I learned how to gauge the audience I am presenting to, how to keep a session lively and interactive, and most importantly how to improvise when something doesn't go according to plan. The staff and my peers are amazing, they make the experience even more worthwhile, sharing a range of skills and experiences!"

 

Matthew Baldwin

Sport and Exercise Science 

FoodCycle Bath - Hosting Project Leader


My biggest achievement is contributing to the project restructure into a Cook & Collect format, allowing us to continue providing meals to the community and reducing food waste throughout the pandemic as key workers.Volunteering within a charity that is 1) helping the most vulnerable members of our community and 2) encouraging a more sustainable lifestyle has been incredible. Through this project I have experienced inspiring and insightful conversations with volunteers and members of the community that I would have otherwise most likely never crossed paths with. Food poverty in the UK has been put under a spotlight over the past year and I would wholeheartedly encourage getting involved with FoodCycle, for others and the environment.
 

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