Posted on 21/11/2013
Students at Royal Holloway launched a new pop-up shop in Egham yesterday to help connect with the local community and give residents the opportunity to get involved in a range of volunteering projects.
From coffee mornings for the elderly, to workshops at local schools, Royal Holloway’s Community Action team have been contributing to a variety of projects for more than a decade.
Now the volunteers want to give the public the chance to get involved, using the pop-up shop in Egham High Street, to tell them about opportunities in the community and highlight their own work.
Yesterday, the shop was officially opened by Professor Paul Layzell, Principal of Royal Holloway, and The Mayor of Runnymede Councillor Yvonna Lay, during a special ceremony.
“Last year, Royal Holloway’s Community Action programme celebrated 10 years of supporting student volunteers to complete over 50,000 hours of volunteering in the local community, so I am thrilled to be here at the opening of our first ever community pop-up shop”, said Professor Layzell.
Phil Simcock, Community Action Volunteer Manager at Royal Holloway, said: “This pop-up shop is a fantastic way to follow on from Community Action’s 10th anniversary. Over the next six weeks, the shop will be highlighting what our students do to serve the local community and inspiring members of the public to get involved with volunteering activities themselves.”
Visitors will be able to see schoolchildren’s entries for the Students’ Union Happy Neighbours competition, as well as a number of other community projects. The shop also profiles local charities and Voluntary Support North Surrey, which offer residents volunteering opportunities.
And with Christmas around the corner, a collection point has also been set-up for shoppers to donate gifts to the Santa’s Workshop initiative, which sees students pack parcels of food and festive treats for elderly residents in the community.