Whatever your degree we encourage you to get involved in the wider community through volunteering. Community Action Volunteering is a programme of collaborative projects with local community organisations and exists to connect, train and support staff and students seeking to volunteer in the local area and beyond.
Volunteering is a great way to get involved in different activities, learn new skills and build your confidence and CV, all while helping local people.
Royal Holloway Community Action currently has more than 2,200 registered volunteers and over 250 community partners. Whether your passion is to work with animals, to teach English to young refugees or support older people, we’re bound to have a project to make your time at Royal Holloway just that little bit more worthwhile and give you the chance to give something back to the community. There are now over 14 sustainable student-led projects that individuals and groups can volunteer to be involved with too.
The Community Action Blog has regular articles by student volunteers to showcase a variety of projects and initiatives.
What we do
Volunteering is highly valued by the College and Community Action provides support through hosting Volunteering Locally and Volunteering Abroad Fairs, organising Get Involved Week, sourcing Christmas volunteering and summer opportunities. We run regular skills development workshops, support our team and project leaders, and give recognition through our annual Get Recognised Awards. Community Action partners with various award schemes including Royal Holloway Passport Award, and as an approved provider for the vInspired award so volunteers can receive various accreditation.
During the year, you’re invited to join a project days team as part of a one-off initiative such as Make A Difference, the BIG spring clean and Volunteers' Week. Student volunteers and club or society teams can get involved in a range of local community projects through these events.
Community Action Structure
See below for the staff support and various roles available to students to get involved with... In addition to this we have over 3,000 registered volunteers who actively engage in opportunities throughout the academic year.
The Community Action team helps to create an active volunteering culture throughout the College into the local community. The team is led by the Community Action Volunteer Manager supported by the Volunteer Coordinator, Project Assistant and a team of student leaders. There’s always someone about to talk to so please do get in contact with any questions or queries you may have.
Community Action aims to develop a strong sense of community spirit and provides opportunity to shape and contribute to this through the team member role. This is a volunteering ambassador role to represent Community Action at a number of volunteer recruitment events, College open days, community partner events, and national initiatives such as Student Volunteering Week, and Volunteers' Week. Team members are associated to one student-led project for the year to provide support for project leaders. Furthermore the role has a mentoring element where team members inspire and support school pupils, college students, and peers to encourage them to actively volunteer. Full training and support is provided, and this opportunity is recorded as a level 3 Passport Award activity.
The first round of interviews is scheduled for end of term two, with full training scheduled for before start of new academic year.
Team Member recruitment is open, so apply now for the academic year 2017-18.
Community Action supports a range of community projects led by student volunteers. These projects recruit 2 or 3 leaders to run the project each academic year who usually have already been involved with the project. Each project has an associate from the Community Action team, and some work direct with a community partner representative too. Training, support, reviews, and a handbook are provided, and this opportunity is recorded as a level 3 Passport Award activity.
Project Leader recruitment opens in term two, you can apply to lead a specific project or select undecided if you are happy to be allocated to a project. Handover and training at end of term three.
Project Leader recruitment is open, so apply now for the academic year 2017-18.
The Community Action response team is a lower commitment role than the main team. Response team members are given priority to assist with various one-off events throughout the year, try a variety of student-led projects, and provide support alongside Community Action team members. They respond to short notice community requests which are received and passed on to this group of volunteers. Furthermore response team members represent Community Action at College Applicant Visit Days.
Community Action Response Team Recruitment will reopen for online applications at the start of the new academic year 2017-18.
The Community Action student team act as ambassadors for the Community Action volunteering programme at Royal Holloway. They promote volunteering both at the University and within the local community, as well as providing support to volunteers and the Community Action office. They are team leaders for all of the events that take place throughout the year, as well as being friendly and approachable people who can help other students with all matters relating to volunteering at the University. Being part of the team enables students to develop their skills and become an important part of the volunteering community at Royal Holloway. This role is recorded on your Royal Holloway Passport.
Community Action Student Team for 2017/18 applications are open, apply now.
The Community Action International team act as ambassadors for the Community Action volunteering programme at Royal Holloway. They promote volunteering both at the University and within the local community, as well as providing support to volunteers and the Community Action office with a specific focus on providing support to the International students at the university. They are team leaders for all of the events that take place throughout the year, as well as being friendly and approachable people who can help other students with all matters relating to volunteering at the University. Being part of the team enables students to develop their skills and become an important part of the volunteering community at Royal Holloway. This role is recorded on your Royal Holloway Passport.
Community Action International Team for 2017/18 applications are open, apply now.
Phil Simcock - Community Action Volunteer Manager
Luke Russell - Community Action Volunteer Coordinator
Louise McGarr - Community Action Project Assistant
Featuring; Jerome Lock, Richard Selwyn, Katie Blow and Ruth Dewa.
Community Action Volunteer Manager
Community Action Staff
Community Action Team Members 2016-17
Community Action Project Leaders 2016-17
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