Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Student Volunteering Week 2013

Monday 11th February - Saturday 16th February 2013  
Student Volunteering Week (SVW) is a nationwide celebration of student volunteering, which has traditionally taken place each spring. Now in its 12th year, SVW brings together organisations from all sectors to promote and celebrate the volunteering efforts of students across the Universities and Colleges in the UK.
SVW 2013 will combine local campus focused events and campaigns with a national media profile and high-level events. We will be celebrating the positive difference that students have made, and continue to make, on campus and in their communities – wherever they might be.

KUSU Volunteering will be putting on a whole host of volunteer taster sessions for Kingston University students (and staff!) to take part in during SVW!
If you’ve never volunteered before, this is the perfect chance to try it out! There’s decoration-making, a French Day at Age Concern, orchard conservation at Kingston Hill and hat-knitting for babies!

SVW KUSU Volunteer Taster Sessions:
When: Monday 11th February 2013.
Shift: 12noon - 2pm.
Location: KUSU offices, Penrhyn Road (next to Space Bar), Kingston upon Thames, KT1 2EE.
Aims: KUSU Volunteering is running a “French Day” for the elderly at Age Concern Bradbury Centre on Tuesday 12th February. We need volunteers to come and make decorations to help brighten up this event! Think French Flag bunting, paper-chains, Eiffel Tower decorations etc! 
Volunteer activities include:
-Making French-themed decorations. 
Skills needed: The ability to have a go! Please note KUSU Volunteering will provide all arts and crafts materials, as well as a few templates!
Interested? Drop in anytime between 12noon-2pm on Monday 11th February.

French Day at Age Concern Bradbury Centre!
When: Tuesday 12th February 2013.
Shift: 12noon - 3pm.
Location: The Bradbury Centre, (opposite Knight’s Park) 37b Grange Road, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 2RA.
Aims: KUSU Volunteering is running a “French Day” for the elderly at Age Concern Bradbury Centre on Tuesday 12th February 2013. We need volunteers to help with the following activities to make the event a success: French Quiz, French Bingo and a French Lunch!
Volunteer activities include:
-Helping set up
-Serving the French lunch
-Organising the elderly into teams for the quiz and helping with the quiz
-Helping with French bingo
-Taking photographs of the activities
-Chatting to the elderly
Skills needed: Volunteers must be patient, kind, friendly and able to chat to older people and treat them with dignity and respect. Volunteers must be enthusiastic and be able to follow instructions in a busy environment. If you can speak French this is an added bonus. (Please let us know if you can!)
Please note volunteers can eat the French lunch as well!
Interested? Please email Jemma Houghton at with your full name, KU number, telephone number, and the volunteering event title by 12noon on Thursday 7th February 2013.

Orchard Conservation at Kingston Hill!
When: Wednesday 13th February 2013.
Shift: 12:30pm - 4pm.
Location: Dorich House, 67 Kingston Vale, Kingston upon Thames, SW15 3RN.
Help our beautiful old and new orchards at Dorich House flourish this spring with some essential maintenance tasks now. Plus, hear from an expert about the soil food webs underpinning it all. Check out last year’s blog about the event:
Deadline: For more information and to sign up, please contact Rachel on by 9am on Monday 12th February 2013.

KUSU Registration Session!
When: Thursday 14th February 2013.
Time: 1pm – 2pm.
Location: KUSU offices, Penrhyn Road (next to Space Bar), Kingston upon Thames, KT1 2EE.
Come and register as a KUSU Volunteer if you haven’t already! Registration involves meeting the KUSU Volunteer Coordinator and learning about the rights and responsibilities of volunteering. Once you've registered you can claim back volunteer travel expenses, have access to our free training opportunities, attend our socials and receive a certificate of achievement once you've started volunteering! More information about the registration process can be found on the Get Involved part of our Website.

Knit Hats for Babies!
When: Friday 15th February 2013, pop in anytime between 1pm - 2pm. 
Location: Students' Union Offices (next to the shop and Space Bar), Penrhyn Road campus, Kingston University.
What: KUSU Volunteering will be running a knitting session to create hats and blankets for sick and premature babies in hospital special-care units. If you can knit or crochet, come along, create a hat and share your skills –if you can’t knit, we can teach you!
Do I need to book? No, just show up!

Other News - Student Volunteering Week Photo Competition!
NUS and Student Hubs are aiming to gather 365 photographs in an e-book: one for every day of the year - of students giving their time and energy to making a positive difference in the world around them.
They want these photos to demonstrate as many different volunteering activities as possible, accumulating in a brilliant visual display showcasing the huge impact that student volunteers have in their local community and further afield. 
Plus if that’s not enough if your photo is judged to be the best display of student volunteering you’ll win a day with a photographer to help you create professional images showcasing your volunteering or charity work. If your image is of volunteering overseas you’ll be asked to nominate a charity of your choice to receive the prize in the UK.
To submit your photos email them to with the following information by Tuesday 19th February 2013:
-Institution you’re studying at
-Email and phone number
-Short description (no more than a couple of sentences) of what your photo shows
To be eligible for the prize the following criteria apply:
-The photograph must be of a student volunteering activity, either taken in the UK or internationally.
-A current FE or HE student studying during SVW 2013 or a student volunteering centre must submit the photograph.
-The photograph must to be student’s own work or the student must have permission to submit the photo from the photographer.
-The deadline to get your pictures in is 19th February 2013.

Other News - Student Volunteering Award
Kingston University Student Volunteer Chris Elliott made it into the national top ten shortlisted by NUS and Student Hubs for his outstanding contributions to student volunteering! Chris was nominated by KUSU Volunteering for his Underwater River Clean Project, Try Dive Project and one-off volunteering! Check out the top 5 students shortlisted for theStudent Volunteering Award

Jemma Houghton
KUSU Volunteer Co-ordinator

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