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…
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.
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.
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:
Nurture through Nature
Action on Hearing Loss
SU Community Organisers
Brighton Peace and Environment Centre
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:
Me! Email firstname.lastname@example.org 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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