Student Volunteering Week 2019

On the week commencing 11th February KeeleSU celebrated Student Volunteering Week. Over 6 days there were a total of 14 opportunities for students to get involved and find out more about volunteering!

The week was kicked off with a visit from the Beth Johnson Foundation, Parkinson UK and Caudwell Children who had a stall in the Reception of the SU and spent the day speaking to students about how they can help and get involved.

This was then followed by a workshop and stall from The Gingerbread Centre who offered students an opportunity to work with them to run sessions in schools.

Later in the week they had a student head over to the Douglas Macmillan warehouse in Burslem to help out organising donations and preparing the shop for trading days (Friday-Sunday).

The rest of the week seemed to have a bit of a green theme running through it with various campus green activities, like cleaning the woods and helping the estates team in the Memorial Garden. The students all worked really hard to help the campus look its best and it really shows!

Towards the end of the week there was a Foodbank donation stall outside Costcutter. Over 30 food items were donated plus other household items which is great. All proceeds collected were donated to Newcastle-Staffs Foodbank which will help families who can’t afford to feed themselves.

On Saturday a team of students took part in a massive campus clean-up, a total of 19 students took part and collected 167.225 kg of trash. A quarter of this trash was collected from the Observatory Path, two thirds of this was litter and the rest was recyclable material. The rest of the trash was collected from the Walled Garden and Memorial Garden, a third of this was litter and the rest could be recycled.

Whilst this was happening on campus there was the weekly Dog Walking at Greyhound Gap, students could go and enjoy a relaxing morning in the fresh air walking some cute dogs and destressing!

If you get involved with volunteering don’t forget to log your hours!

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