Volunteering

TWENTY FOR PLENTY! What can you do?

If you were given £20 to help you volunteer what would you do?

  • Use it to raise more money for charity?
  • Put on an awareness stand for a good cause?
  • Pay for the bus to go and volunteer with a charity?
  • Your own idea?

Look out for the Twenty for Plenty scheme or email volunteering@gkunions.co.uk

 

 

Volunteering is any activity that involves spending time, unpaid, doing something that aims to benefit the environment or someone (individuals or groups) other than, or in addition to, close relatives. Volunteering provides a way of giving your time and skills to help others and to progress yourself.

You can make a difference to your self, the people around you and the world. Volunteering offers numerous new experiences whilst having fun.


Where Can I Volunteer?

On Campus

  • Society or Sports Committee
  • Volunteering Committee, Soccocom and Team Medway
  • Medway Student Committee
  • Course Representative
  • Raise And Give
  • Peer mentor
  • One off events
  • On campus community projects

Off Campus

  • Volunteering with a local Charity or Voluntary Organisation
  • Fund raising for a Charity
  • Volunteering in a School
  • Taking part in a Community Project
  • Volunteering abroad
  • One off community events

What Are The Benefits?

Employers are looking for more than a degree, they are looking for skills in communications, team work, leadership and a postive attitude. Volunteering can give you these skills and more that will help you become more employable.

By engaging with the E&V Toolkit you can build up a skills record that can be used to support future job applications.


What Doesn't Count?

Work experience and Internships

If you are on work experience with an organisation or company through your course then I am afraid this cannot count towards your volunteering hours.

Unpaid Work

Working for a company or family member also does not count as volunteering.

Even though these roles don't count you can still add them to your E&V Toolkit under 'other roles'

Volunteer of the Month

  • VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH - February

    Having got herself trained as a Dementia Champion in the summer, Camilia delivered two Dementia Friends sessions on behalf of the Alzheimer's Association to students, one on the Medway campus and one at Canterbury. She fitted this in to a already busy academic workload [she is a pharmacy student], and also is one of the committee that is organising this year's MSOP Ball. The ball has sold the full 250 tickets. Despite all these commitments she keeps a very positive attitude and genuinely wants to make Medway a better place for students.

  • VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH - January

    Roie is a consistently amazing volunteer. He approaches his SOCCOCOM role with professionalism and is incredibly reliable and responsible. He has never missed a weekly SOCCOCOM meeting and raises valid points and strives to improve societies. When chairing Societies Council, he articulates that societies are welcome to approach him if they have issues.
    Not only is he president to the largest society on campus which holds events 4 times a week, he has also held sessions to encourage members to run for President next year. Recently he met with the Volunteer intern to improve recognition for volunteers at Medway too.

  • VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH - December

    Anthony is keen to experience as much of university life as he can and that has included embracing volunteering. In December he came to the Blythswood Care shoebox appeal three times and volunteered at Riverside Country park on a Sunday. He has an infectious enthusiasm for anything he tries and is deeply moved by the very nature of volunteering. He is also in the process of setting up a chess society.

  • VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH - November

    Jonathan is a first year business student and has embraced volunteering this term. He has completed his training and DBS as a Medway Right to Read student and now volunteers at Burnt Oak school once a week.
    He has shown tremendous support for the Blythswood Care shoebox appeal coming along four times including the Super Saturday.
    Alongside this he has made Christmas stockings for the hospital, collectively he is well on his way to a KSCV Bronze. 

  • VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH - October

    Victoria spent half her summer organising trips for the MedBioSoc and gathering ideas of how to bring the society forward. As a result of her hard work and dedication the MedBioSoc went away to the Kent Science Park recently, in order to show the members what the professional life looks like outside the university setting; additionally, the members had the chance to talk to professionals, ask them plenty of questions, including placement opportunities, and visit some laboratories. And all this is just what she managed to organise for the MedBioSoc, imagine what's to come for all her other volunteering work!!

  • VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH - September

    Victoria spent half her summer organising trips for the MedBioSoc and gathering ideas of how to bring the society forward. As a result of her hard work and dedication the MedBioSoc went away to the Kent Science Park recently, in order to show the members what the professional life looks like outside the university setting; additionally, the members had the chance to talk to professionals, ask them plenty of questions, including placement opportunities, and visit some laboratories. And all this is just what she managed to organise for the MedBioSoc, imagine what's to come for all her other volunteering work!!