Our Student Services team recently hosted two volunteering fair days for both students and staff.
The aim of the fair days was to get as many students and staff as possible to make a pledge to the #iwill campaign with a local charity or organisation and commit to some volunteering. Ultimately, we wanted people to realise that they could be the change their local community needs.
The fairs were kicked off with a talk from a youth ambassador from the Step Up to Serve charity (pictured above). She spoke about how and why she got into volunteering, the change it has brought to her life, and why everyone should become volunteers in their communities.
Students from different courses, backgrounds and interests then pledged to get involved in making a difference with causes that matter to them using the #iwill campaign pledge cards. There were various organisations present including Tapestry, Saint Francis Hospice and NCS – The Challenge amongst others.
The types of pledges ranged from the giving of time to posting about community issues on social media and trying to support local young people on said issues. One student pledged to ‘make a change to better [her] life and the lives of others in [her] community.’
Student Development Worker Gemma-Louise Piggott, who was instrumental in organising the fair days, said:
The fairs were a great opportunity for staff and students alike to realise how big a difference the littlest actions can make. If every person decided to make one change to benefit the community, then we could see real change in the places we call home.
Overall, the fair days were a great success and a lot of interest was gauged. What will you pledge to do?