Volunteering

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.

Medway Volunteer Committee Election - Spring 2017

3 posts are up for election.

Nominations are now closed.

The polls are open and will close at 16:00 on Tuesday 4 April 2017 (in 4 days and 18 hours)

Please log in to vote.
Post List
Read more about the positions up for election and what each role entails.
Candidate List
See who's running for each post and read their manifestos.


PLENTY FOR TWENTY! 

 

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

 

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

  • We have joint winners for December, Jemma Patrick and Megha Joseph, below are the successful nominations:

    Megha Joseph

    Making Christmas stockings
    As treasurer of Get Crafty, Megha worked with the society’s president, Jemma, to help coordinate the making of Christmas stockings that would be taken to the children's ward of the local hospital. Working across three sessions, she helped to fulfil the aim of producing over thirty unique stockings that would then be delivered to the hospital. Academically, it was a very busy time for Megha but she showed tremendous commitment in helping to deliver this project. She would have loved to taken the stockings to the hospital herself but sadly the visit clashed with her exams.

    Jemma Patrick

    Get Crafty Christmas Stockings
    In December, Jemma put an incredible amount of work in to producing 34 Christmas stockings that were to be given out at the local hospital's Dolphin ward where they look after sick children and babies. Over one week, along with her colleague, they put on three sessions and got 15 students along to help make the stockings. Later, Jemma put several hours of her time towards sewing up all the stockings ready to be taken to the hospital. Jemma, along with four other students, then delivered the stockings to the children and saw her hard work rewarded with their smiles.

    Other nominations for September were:

    Jonathan Small

    Anujan Metheus Anandarajan

    To see past winners, click here.