Student Led volunteering is an initiative run by students, for students offering a whole range of one-off volunteering opportunities.
Student Led Volunteering have had a hugely successful start the year. So far they have provided 35 volunteering opportunities throughout the local community. A total of 136 University of Plymouth Students have taken part in these volunteering activities and collectively they have contributed an impressive 1,652 volunteer hours.
Just a taster of what Student Led Volunteering has been up to this term:
- Gathering and planting thousands of acorns with Moor Trees
- Sprucing up local railway stations with Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership
- Constructing enrichment activities and maintaining enclosures at Dartmoor Zoo
- Writing cards and letters for sick children with Post Pals
- Engaging adults with learning disabilities in sporting activities with Special Olympics
- Bonfires and hedgerow maintenance with the Barn Owl Trust
- Tree planting & pond clearing at Poole Farm
- Setting up lantern walks with Natural England
- Beach cleans and rock pooling with Wembury Marine Centre
- Bracken bashing and bonfires at Burrator Reservoir
Millie Green – SLV Project Leader for Animal Conservation
‘Being a project leader means making a difference. It’s one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had since being at university. Meeting new people, sharing experiences and learning new skills. It’s even helped with my mental wellbeing.’
Cara Baer – SLV Project Leader Special Olympics
‘I love giving back to the local community. SLV gives me the opportunity to fulfil a passion of mine- working with people with disabilities and supporting them in both sports and socialising with peers. Something that they would not be able to take part in without Special Olympics and our volunteers. Also my fave trip was the one where all the volunteers dressed up for Halloween- completely embracing the fun and chilled out atmosphere of Special Olympics.’
As well as helping to make a difference in the local community students also volunteer to gain work experience which enhances both their knowledge and skills. It is a chance to meet new people, to expand their social and professional networks, boost self-esteem and overall wellbeing, and to try something new to broaden their perspective of the world.
There will be many more opportunities to get involved with Student Led Volunteering over the coming months and it is never too late to sign up.
If you would like to find out more and be the first to know about upcoming trips please register your interest here.
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