4 Mar 2019
Make an impact and sign up to LSU’s upcoming Student Volunteer Week
As of today, students can now sign up to a wide variety of exciting and diverse volunteering projects taking place as part of Loughborough Students’ Union’s (LSU) dedicated Student Volunteer Week.
Organised by Action – the volunteering strand of LSU - the week will take place from 11–17 March.
Over 40 projects will be available to take part in throughout the week, including dog walking, STEM activities and working with children and the elderly.
Whether you’re an experienced student volunteer or you’re volunteering for the first time, there is something to suit everyone.
Staff can take part too – you are entitled to apply for up to one working day each year (or pro-rata for staff who work part-time) to undertake volunteer work as approved by your line manager.
But be quick, as places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and some projects are expected to fill quickly due to popularity.
Student Kush Shah, who took part in his first volunteering activity at last year’s event, commented: “I first heard about Student Volunteer Week from a friend. I volunteered at the nursery, did a gardening project for Hardwick House and a conservation project with the Canal & River Trust.
“From this experience, I got to know of so many other ways I can help. I started volunteering at the nursery regularly and even became the project leader for Ashmount School, where I volunteer every week now. I have had the opportunity to volunteer for many different types of projects from Tea and Talk with the elderly, to making solar-powered cars with children at a school, and even working with refugees.
“I have met so many amazing people through Action, but most importantly Action has given me the opportunity to give back to the community and make my time at University even more fulfilling.”
Action Executive Officer, Joel Brocklehurst, added: “Student Volunteer Week is a fantastic opportunity for Loughborough students and staff to get involved in community volunteering.
“I’m really excited to see new faces come through the Action Office over this week; one of my favourite things about my job is talking to volunteers, as it proves to me each and every time that there is no such thing as a ‘stereotypical volunteer’ - they are all different, but they do have one thing in common – they want to help!
“Student Volunteer Week is an opportunity to do just that, be it with young people, elderly people or animals and the environment, there is a project for everyone to get involved in.”