Today is University Mental Health and Wellbeing Day, the perfect opportunity to introduce here on the blog one of our new one-off project, which proved very successful in improving students’ wellbeing: Dogs Trust Kenilworth. Jenny, who organises this project, is telling us more about one of their sessions.
Did you know that many Warwick societies run outreach projects in the local community? From leading music theatre workshops for young people or running English conversation club with refugees to raising awareness about global issues in primary schools, Warwick societies’ members have a big impact in the community around campus. This week, to celebrate societies’ community engagement, we’ve invited Amy from Warwick ChemSoc to tell us more about their outreach projects and how much she’s enjoying her volunteering experience.
This article is published part of the Creative Warwick campaign.
Although many people volunteer for reasons such as, wanting to make a difference to the lives of others, a desire to do something meaningful with their spare time or simply wishing to help a certain group of people, it is important to remember that volunteering experiences are extremely valuable for securing internships, jobs and postgraduate education. As such, the Warwick Volunteers staff and executive committee are launching a new section on our website about ‘Using Your Experiences’ containing many different pages and resources.
Happy New Year, everyone! With the new term already underway, and volunteers resuming or starting their activity for the first time, the members of the Warwick Volunteers exec have thought to share with you a few short TED Talks, to hopefully guide you during your volunteering with Warwick Volunteers and inspire you to continue contributing to the community around you beyond your years at university!
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Mahatma Gandhi
I only truly appreciate this quote after I started volunteering.
What is Social Innovation?
According to the Stanford School of Business, Social Innovation is a “novel solution to a social problem that is more effective, efficient, sustainable, or just than current solutions”. Put simply, it is an outcome or solution that is produced by using innovative approaches and technology.
Did you know that today is Mental Health and Wellbeing day? And that volunteering can help?
In today’s series of blogs celebrating Student Volunteering week, I (Simon- Media and Comms officer) will be discussing a few of the ways I’ve been able to have an impact on the local community!
Warwick Volunteers has approximately 45 projects under it and the variety is absolutely amazing. In my 2nd term of my 1st year at university, I had Wednesdays free and thought I should do something meaningful. I browsed through the WV project page and filtered projects that did not need DBS(since I was so late!) and were on Wednesdays. Even with such strict restrictions, I found ‘Tocil Woods’ that fit my needs perfectly.
Hi! 🙂 during my second year I decided to do something different with my time and ran for a position on the WV exec and it has been one the best things I have done at university. Before getting involved with the exec, the only team-based work experience I had been involved with at university was group projects and that’s not exactly well-known for being a lot of fun. Working within a exec team for a whole year has certainly been a learning curve and I’ve gained so many transferable skills that I can carry with me out of university.