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Fancy taking a volunteering elective in your second year?

Hannah, our Community Volunteering Coordinator Hannah, our Community Volunteering Coordinator

Hi, I’m Hannah. I’m the Community Volunteering Coordinator at the Students’ Union. I’d like to tell you a little about a new project I’ve been working on for the last six months, in case it sparks some inspiration to get involved…

What is the project?

The Students’ Union and the School of Education and Social Work are co-hosting a new elective that involves second year students volunteering in the local community for 30+ hours over a term.

I can volunteer and it’s part of my course?

Yes! If you are able to take an elective in your second year, you can sign up to take part in Autumn term.

You’ll receive four weeks of theoretical training and practical workshops and then have until the end of term to get involved in a local project or organisation, before being assessed by a reflective essay or presentation at the end of term.

Where can I volunteer?

There are loads of organisations to choose from across Brighton, Hove and Lewes. If you are already volunteering, you can also make a request to choose this as your placement. Chosen host organisations this term have included:

Why would I choose this elective rather than another?

For me, volunteering is an experiential way of learning and an opportunity to broaden your perspectives and involvement with the city we call home. This quote from a current student, Eve, encapsulates her experience:

"After volunteering with Action on Hearing Loss and taking part in this elective, my views on volunteering have changed. Volunteering is not just about offering help or feeling good. It is also about developing and improving my skills, and knowing more about the needs of different people in our society. Most importantly, it is an inspiration that allows me to realise my role and potential in creating changes in my community." Eve (pictured below)

So, who should I talk to if I have any questions or am interested in signing up?

Me! Email hannah.wd@sussexstudent.comor call 01273678641, I can explain more about the project. If it’s right for you we can then contact your course coordinator and submit your request to switch to this elective.  

 

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