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Volunteering

Volunteering is an enjoyable way for you to make a difference, provides a fantastic opportunity for you to develop key skills for your future career and to check out possible career paths. On top of that it’s a great way to make new friends, to do something different from your studies and to get a different perspective of life.

We offer you the opportunity to volunteer in a wide variety of locally based organisations and community projects as well as for the Students' Union.

There are lots of options to choose from and we will help you find the volunteering placement that is right for you so contact us for more information.

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Information for clubs & societies

Sports & Societies Link Up

If your club or society would like to be part of something bigger then just playing sport, having regular meetings, performing etc, and you would like to give back/ get involved with the local community then Sports & Societies Link up is the thing for you! 

Link up enables sports clubs & societies to make a positive difference in the local community. The scheme helps students make links with local community and voluntary organisations to create volunteering projects that are of benefit to students and the wider local community. Link Up responds to the diverse needs of the community and is not duplicating schemes that already exist. This can be a one-off project or a longer term link;

One off volunteering opportunities - e.g. Running a tournament for local schools/ clubs. Or having a coffee morning

Team building days - e.g. Tree cutting day on Devils Dyke

Ongoing long term projects for sports clubs  or societies with specific skills - e.g. An on going after school sports club at a local primary or secondary school

Your Link Up project can take as much or as little time as you like, it really depends on the type of project you end up developing. Some project ideas would require a significant commitment and club or society members who were able to take part on a regular basis. Or you might decide to do a 'one off' event, it's up to you!

If your Society is interested in setting up their own sports link up project then please get in touch or come by and see Ellie in the Activities Centre in Falmer House. 

01273 877641

societies@ussu.sussex.ac.uk


If your Sports club is interested in setting up their own sports link up project then please get in touch or come by and see Sarah in the Activities Centre in Falmer House.

01273 877322

sport@sussex.ac.uk

Current Sports & Societies Link up projects 2012/2013:

FOOTBALL VS HOMOPHOBIA 2013

Location: Sussex Sports Complex

Date:  Saturday 16th February

This is a football tournament run in conjuction with the Justin Fashanu Campaign to promote the campaign againt homophobia in football. It is run on campus and internal and external teams are all welcome to come along and play. This years event was a massive success with over 14 teams taking part in the tournament. These teams where made up of Brighton Uni, Sussex Uni and external groups. Over £300 was raised for the charity. Because the success of this event the Football club are looking to run the tournament again in the Summer term. For moreinformation please contact Sarah Hall s.hall@sussex.ac.uk for more information.

 

Kelly McBride - Student Union president who was part of the day said:

"The Football v Homophobia tournament was a massive success. The Women's Football team did a fantastic job of getting students involved from across the University, as well as people from the local community. It's really goes to show the great work our students can do to both put on an enjoyable event and raise awareness of an issue at the same time, and it was encouraging to see the people who participated so enthusiasti"

 

 

SEXPRESSION SEXUAL HEALTH WORKSHOPS

Location: Brighton Aldridge Community Academy, The Crew Club, The 67 Centre

Dates: Ongoing as new opportunities for working with young people and schools arise

Info: Sexpression offer sexual health workshops to young people of various ages in and around Brighton & Hove. They tailor their workshops to the people they'll be working with and aim to provide sex education that many young people would otherwise miss out on. Most of the Sexpression crew are trainee teachers or medical students but they're looking to get more students involved. 

Contact: sexpression@ussu.sussex.ac.uk

 

TABLE TENNIS LINK UP WITH BLAGS AND LGBTQ

Location: Mandela Hall, Falmer house

Date(s) and times: Every Tuesday from 12-2pm
The following dates will be cancelled due to exams 12th March, 19th March and 2nd April

This event is being run by the BLAGS table tennis club for their members and our students. If you would like to attend please just turn up!

 

INSPIR8 YOUNG ENTERPRISE

Inspir8 work with small groups of marginalised young people in schools to develop their confidence, team-building skills and communication by engaging them in entrepreneurial projects. Most recently Inspir8 helped students at the Brighton Aldridge Community Academy set up their own allotment to grow food on. They celebrated the success of the project by selling pizza on campus.  

 

TABLE TENNIS COACHING LINK UP

Location: Patcham High School (Ladies Mile Road Patcham, Brighton, Sussex BN1 8PB)

Experienced players are needed to coach - East Sussex School Champions at U13 boys, U16 girls and U19s and boys age groups.

A bit about the project/ School - The school has 10 top of the range Butterfly Tables and over a hundred keen young players that would really benefit from some experienced practice partners. Tim Holtam, Wen Wei Xu and Paul Bergin (Brighton TTC) coaches run the sessions which are fun and dynamic.
Girls only sessions on Mondays from 2.50-5pm
Mixed year 7-11 sessions on Tuesday and Friday from 2.50-5pm


From volunteering with this project it could also lead on to doing your ETTA Level 1 and recieve 75% of the £200 course. Please speak to Tim Holtam (when volunteering) about this.

If you would like to sign up please email sport@sussex.ac.uk so Sarah can create a list of names of people who are interested. Please specify if you can only do 1 or both sessions advertise.

Everyone participating will need to have a CRB check done, this is free can be done via Tim Holtam once you are signed up. These do take 3-4 weeks so if you are interested we need you to sign up ASAP.

 

CIRCUS SOCIETY WORKSHOP

The Circus society put their skills to use by providing a circus skills workshop to children at the The Children Society Befriending Society.

 

NETBALL SCHOOLS TOURNAMENT

DATE: 05/02/2013

TIME: 12.30pm to 4pm

VENUE: Sports Centre (2 halls, indoor)

INFO: The University of Sussex Netball club have been organising a netball tournament for local schools based in Sussex. The tournament will see the Netball club run and organise a fun/ competitive tournament for Year 9 students  to compete in. There will be a trophy up for graps for the winning team.


for more information on this please contact: sport@sussex.ac.uk

 

BREAKING SOCIETY WORKSHOP

Breaking society organised a breakdancing class with 9-13 year olds at the Coldean Youth Project.


SPORTS CHALLENGE DAY

Sports challenge day has been running for a few years now, to date we have taken over 200 hundred students to the Southdowns to help clear scrub land, fell trees and build fires. Many groups use these days as good oppotunities to promote team building and have fun!

Ever person going gets a free lunch and a chance to have fun and really get involved with a great project.