The 20-26th February saw the launch of Student Volunteer Week, a nationwide campaign promoting the involvement in volunteering. As one of the busiest weeks in the sections calendar, preparations have been underway for months with Action Executive Officer, Anna Milewska, looking for exciting and interesting volunteering opportunities that cater to different interests.
The week kicked off with a visit to the Action Nursery and our very own Union President, Jonathon Ako making an appearance! Due to the success, we had students go into the Nursery every day, working with a range of ages. We also had volunteers heading out to College Garth Kennels to dog walk every day, as well as heading up to WENLO Horse Stables to muck out, paint and groom the horses.
Wednesday was what could be argued the busiest day of the year, with 17 projects and 400 students all heading off on different projects around the local area. Volunteers played BINGO with Abbeyfields residents, gardening at Loughborough Cemetery, conservation work went on in Queens Park and volunteers went to John Storer House to complete IT sessions with the elderly, to name just a few.
Thursday saw an exciting launch of Action Enterprise a brand new project for the section, volunteers went to a local senior school to challenge teenagers to think of a new app. The project went down a great success!
Just because it was the weekend, and even though Storm Doris was out in full force, this did not stop 40 of our resilient volunteers from heading out to help refurbish one of the buildings at the Alpaca Farm. Meanwhile, back at the Students' Union, the Kids Cooking project ran their very first one off project! They spent all day teaching local children about the importance of Healthy Eating as they made their own fruit kebabs, healthy pita wraps and tried new fruits!
As the overwhelmingly successful week drew to a close we had some of our most popular projects! At the Students' Union we celebrated World Book Day with Right to Read, conducting fun activities such as making Mr Twit’s beard from Roald Dahl’s ‘The Twits’ and exploring stories from other countries.
Sunday also saw the RELAUNCH of the much-loved Soup Kitchen, which went down fantastically and we are looking forward to it re-establishing and being just as successful as previous years.
A huge THANK YOU to everyone who got involved in the weeks events, to our fantastic Project Leaders who put in so much effort to all of the projects that ran, George Hones (Postgraduate EO) for driving our volunteers to and from projects, and the Action Committee for their continuous support!
If you would like to get involved, or to learn just what Action can do for you visit the website: www.lsu.co.uk/getinvolved/action, contact your Action Executive Officer Anna Milewska on firstname.lastname@example.org or drop by the office for a chat! We look forward to seeing more of you!