Yep, it’s that time of year again when your lecturers will be on your back about what you’re doing to support Student Volunteering Week 2016 (it’s 22nd – 28th February if you didn’t know!)
So what’s this volunteering business all about?
Opportunities, showcasing your skills and abilities, having fun, inspiring others, making a difference, enhancing your CV, showing the amazing work you do … the list goes on ... need we say more?
Last year 86 colleges and universities hosted events and activities for Student Volunteering Week.
All students should have access to volunteering and social action opportunities while they’re at college or uni. It can be a really valuable experience alongside the academic, sporting and cultural opportunities available. And it will be looked on favourably by potential future employers.
There are lots of ways you can help us – the potential to shape a better future is in your hands, you have the power! And, in the words of Uncle Ben: “With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility” (#Spiderman)
Our Young Ambassadors
Many of our YAs – like Rosie Heaton and Louise Greer to name but two – are active student volunteers, helping to raise awareness of meningitis and funds to fight it.
Rosie appeared on a local TV channel in Leeds, where she’s at uni, just a few weeks ago, stressing the importance of getting the ACWY vaccination. And Louise is raising awareness through being one of the models for the sculptures in our garden at Chelsea this year.
So why not get inspired for Student Volunteering Week and see what you can do?
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Challenge your friends to check out Fight for Now and take the ‘WTF do you know about meningitis?’ quiz. Get them to pass it on and each get three more friends to have a go.
- Sign up to one of our challenges, or organise your own, to raise funds to fight meningitis. There are lots of exciting events to choose from at the click of a button.
- Get your creative juices flowing and write a blog for us. Tell us about your meningitis experience, whether it was you or a friend or family member who had the disease. Or write about fundraising or awareness events you have done, getting your vaccinations or living with after-effects of meningitis. Take a look at some of our existing blogs for inspiration.
- Encourage your friends to make sure they get their ACWY vaccination.
- Put up a copy of our poster up at Uni, in halls, at the campus health centre or in your SU – wherever you think will work! You could also distribute Signs and Symptoms cards to your club or society members – you can download them here. Or encourage your friends to download the signs and symptoms mobile app.
- Arrange to meet a charity representative – either one of our staff members or one of our Community Ambassadors or Futures Builders – and explore opportunities for doing something together that will make a difference in your area. We can put you in touch.
- Organise a celebration to recognise what’s already been done to fight back against meningitis, perhaps linking with other groups and individuals in the local community.
- Don’t deny it…we know your glued to your mobile phones and tablets so why not use your social media skills to raise awareness? Tweet, blog, share, post and vlog about meningitis, its signs and symptoms and what we do at Meningitis Now to support those affected.
Don't forget – it’s a week for spotlighting the amazing work of student volunteers in the UK, so, at the very least, do that by letting us know what you’re planning, what you did and how it went. We can’t wait to hear your stories, so what are you waiting for? Hop on board the volunteer band wagon!
To find out more about student volunteering and Meningitis Now contact Carrie Bater – email: firstname.lastname@example.org