Monday 17th October sees the start of Coventry University’s ‘Get Involved Week’ where students who are interested in volunteering, can look at the variety of projects, charities and schemes that are in desperate need of finding new people to join their ranks.
For many organisations, the work volunteers do for them is vital for keeping important services going, especially in the current climate of funding cuts.
The ‘Get Involved Week’ is an ideal opportunity to find out more about the different ways you can offer your services as a volunteer.
If you want to find out more about the wonderful opportunities the SU Volunteering Team can offer, then it is well worth a visit to The Hub to come and see for yourself.
You can speak to the Student Volunteer Team, organisations offering volunteering opportunities and the staff Volunteering Team who will be able to answer all your volunteering questions.
No matter how much or how little time you have to give, the Volunteering Team can find an opportunity that’s right for you.
From ‘ micro volunteering activities’ to one day volunteering projects off campus and a volunteer fair, there is bound to be something to interest you.
Students need to register for the volunteer fair via this link Click Here
Free chocolate for students on arrival.
Fran Docherty, Community Volunteering Coordinator from the SU said:
“This whole week of activities is aimed primarily at students who are happy to give up some of their free time to volunteer their services but are not sure how to go about it.
Whatever time you can give for volunteering is welcome as the Get Involved Week will help you to discover what our Volunteering Team can do for you and what you can do for others.”
One of the focal points of the whole week is the Volunteering Fair on Wednesday 19 October. There will be more than 40 organisations attending in Square One in The Hub between 11am and 2pm.
Students are encouraged to go along to find out about the wide variety of volunteering opportunities available to them at CUSU.
Fran Docherty added:
“You can chat with over 40 organisations and see what they have to offer and how you can help them. There are so many volunteering opportunities are available to you and taking part can boost your employability potential.”
Also taking place during the week is ‘make a difference day’ which is a one-off volunteering opportunity. These run throughout the year and happen off campus. They really do make difference as it is usually the local community that benefits from them.
One of the most popular aspects of the week is the ‘micro volunteering’ event. It is perfect if you want to find out more about volunteering but not sure how much time you can commit to on the day. You will be able to get stuck in straight away with some 5 minute volunteering activities which include craft and computer based opportunities and Post Pals, a charity that the SU work with to help brighten a child’s day by making them a card, writing a letter or making them a small gift.
These small opportunities are a great way to make a big difference in a short amount of time, so if you can only spare 5 minutes, why not make it count?
Get Involved Week runs from 17 – 21 October, 2016. To find out more Click Here
Written By Ali Bushnell
Edited by Esmé Spurling