Students & Staff urged to make best use of free time to help Local Communities

New and existing students at Coventry University will be urged to sign up for volunteering projects next month when the volunteering arm of the Student’s Union hosts a ‘get involved’ week on campus.

On Monday 12 October, the week will focus on areas where volunteers are needed so that students and staff can find something that they are interested in.

Fran Docherty, the community volunteer coordinator at the Students’ Union said:

“The Get Involved Week is our showcase event to highlight the many projects and causes that we want volunteers for. These range from organising things for seriously ill children to conservation and wildlife schemes.

“We currently have approximately 1500 student volunteers registered with us and can always use more, so the week will be a good way of getting the new intake of students interested in the work we do.”

As well as specific projects that are spread out over the year, the Volunteering team organise as many as 130 stand-alone events that help in the local community.

On Tuesday 13 October, more than 30 organisations from Coventry and Warwickshire will be attending a volunteering fair to show students the kind of projects that need volunteers.

The get involved week is important to the organisations that take part because as the funding from local authorities and central government is limited, they rely heavily on having a bank of willing people who can be called upon when needed.

 

Fran Docherty added:

“The aim of the volunteering and employment department at Coventry University is to support students and staff to secure rewarding volunteering placements within CUSU and the local community.

“Regardless of whether they have loads of spare time every week to fill up, or if they are just looking at committing an hour or two, we will help find something that suits their needs and the ‘get involved’ week is a good way to start.

“If organisations in Coventry and the surrounding areas are looking for volunteers, then they should register their details on our website and we will do our best to help.”

 

For more information about how to engage student volunteers for your organisation email: volunteering.su@coventry.ac.uk

or visit the CUSU Volunteers Website

 

written by Ali Bushnell,

 

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