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Can you help students to ‘give it a go’?

Can your organisation provide a volunteering taster session for Glasgow Caledonian University students as part of the Students’ Assocation’s ‘Give it a Go’ programme?

This semester, Glasgow Caledonian University Students’ Association will be delivering a series of introductory activities with external charities and organisations to provide an opportunity for students to ‘Give It a Go’.

The aim of the programme is to get students involved in the local community, whether that is through volunteering for external charities or organisations, joining local clubs or groups or joining existing or setting up new societies at the university. Through this programme, your organisation has the opportunity to host an introductory activity to gain students’ interest and recruit them as volunteers. This scheme could benefit your charity by giving you an audience of young people that could potentially volunteer for you beyond the event. Your event can be delivered on a weekday from 20th of September to 16th December 2022. Due to timetables of students the activities will be better attended if they are after 1.30pm on Wednesdays or 4pm any other weekday.

Hopefully, as a result of the programme, students will continue with these activities long-term by volunteering or joining groups or societies, consequently reducing mental health issues in the cohort.

To get involved and promote your volunteering opportunities you must come up with a fun, interactive activity, related to what your organisation does, that students will want to attend. This activity can be delivered at your organisation, in the university or outside and the Students’ Association can provide transport for the students. Activity capacity is up to your organisation – the Students’ Association is currently running events with capacities from 15 to 50.

Some examples of upcoming ‘Give It a Go’ events include:

  • Mind & Draw, a local community arts project, are running a creative drawing session through which, they will describe the services they provide and give information to students on starting their own arts club.
  • National Autistic Society, a charity for autistic people and their families, are hosting a ‘Taskmaster’ event. In these ‘tasks’ students will learn what it is like to think like a person on the spectrum and what you have to think about when working with people on spectrum. After the event they will promote their volunteering opportunities and provide information on joining their organisation.
  • Wise Women, a charity that addresses women’s safety, are putting on a women’s self-defence class. In the class they will inform the students of what services their organisations provide and promote their volunteering opportunities.

The GCU Students’ association would support you by promoting to students, university-wide, targeting the societies and courses most relevant to the experience.

Contact holly.hunter@gcustudents.co.uk for more information or simply fill out the online form below to register your interest in taking part!

 


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