Posted on 19/10/2012
On Wednesday 17 October, Community Action hosted the annual Volunteering Fair at the Students’ Union at Royal Holloway, University of London.
Over 200 students came along to discuss projects and fundraising opportunities with over 25 community organisations and charities, including Scouts, Age UK, Alzheimer’s Society, British Heart Foundation, Feminist Library, Greenpeace and Love your Campus.
Phil Simcock, Community Action Volunteer Manager, said: “This year’s Fair was a great success and there was a fantastic buzz on campus.
“Volunteering is a two-way process – not only does the community and charities benefit but the students themselves get a lot out of it, from the skills they learn, the connections they make, and also the fun they have. They also have the opportunity to gain points towards achieving the Royal Holloway Passport. It’s a really rewarding experience.”
Following on from the Fair, ‘Get Involved Week’ kicks off on Monday 22 October. There will be a wide range of partner introduction sessions, volunteer inductions and accreditation talks throughout the week on campus.
It ends with ‘Make a Difference’ day, a community project day on Friday 26 October. This dedicated day to volunteering offers students the chance to get involved in a number of local community projects either individually or as a group, club or society. Last year saw students and sports teams blitz the litter in Egham and Englefield Green, paint St Peter’s Church Hall in Chertsey and clean the windows at Englefield Green Village Centre. Members of the volleyball team also spent the day helping out at Heathrow Special Needs Farm.
For further information on the events mentioned above, please contact Community Action.
To find out about any other events, go to Community Action’s website.