February 10th-17th 2020 saw the Volunteering department host a number of events across the week to celebrate national Student Volunteering Week (SVW). The collaboration with partner organisations across the area supported us to showcase the success of students involved in local volunteering projects, and encourage others to get involved; not only to benefit others and make a difference, but to improve their own health, wellbeing, participation, whilst gaining experience and developing/enhancing skills.
We had micro events available like Row Britannia, where students and staff contributed 32 miles of rowing for Mental Health Awareness. We had the Campus Green team and Wildlife Society doing campus clean ups, a Post Pal event for motivational and positive messages written to sick and struggling young people, Foodbank and Fundraising campaigns, as well as workshops for healthy relationships from volunteers supporting victims of domestic abuse.
SVW also saw the team proactively engage with students on campus, with the support of our volunteer mascot dog and new resources to help students record their volunteering hours and understand what types of activities were considered relevant to contribute to their HEAR awards. The team facilitated a number of workshop events on How to Make the Most of Volunteering and Logging Your Volunteering Hours to encourage students to hit a target of 20,000 hours logged by the end of the week.
Thank you to everybody who took part in this fantastic week.