Volunteering is a great way to spend your free time in Summer!
If you're in Stirling over Summer and you want to give back, improve your CV and have fun doing it, why not doing some volunteering? Your Union has a few ways you can get involved and you won't be alone, Union staff and Sabbatical Officers are doing it too. Read on to find out more.
Astrid, Union President, volunteers as a Rainbows Leader in Stirling: ''Every Wednesday afternoon I volunteer with a local Girlguiding unit. Not only is this a rewarding experience seeing confidence build in the girls I work with but it’s also a great way to take a break from everything else happening in life and focus on something completely different. Throughout several voluntary posts I’ve found that volunteering has consistently been a fantastic way to build new connections, learn new skills, and have new experiences."
Matt, Environmental Coordinator, volunteered with the National Trust: ''Spending 6 months volunteering was one of the best decisions of my life. Besides working in one of the most beautiful areas in the UK (Wicken Fen), the highlights for me were the people I worked with and volunteered alongside and these friendships continue 18 months on. It also gave me such a good opportunity to find out whether community work was for me rather than working in environmental consultancy. At the end of the volunteering experience I knew the answer and I am near certain that without this experience I would not have been successful in my interview for my current role as Environmental Development Coordinator."
Alban, Sport Development Coordinator, is in his 10th year of coaching football with the Stirling City All Stars. As Stirling’s only club for adults with disabilities, Monday night training is a busy one with over 30 footballers turning up every week. “If you ever need a reminder of how powerful sport can be, you just need to see how important it is for our players. They turn up every week, rain or shine, to get active and make friends. It’s definitely just as rewarding for our coaches and volunteers. We’ve taken teams throughout the UK and seeing the sense of achievement from winning - or just taking part - is what makes it worthwhile. I started when I was a student entering my final year with no coaching experience at all. It quickly became a huge part of my life and has totally shaped me and my outlook on life today.”
Jamie, VP Communities, volunteers as a Community Councillor in the Mercat Cross & City Centre Community Council: ''As a Community Councillor, I volunteer my time to help improve the place I live in. Whether that’s community meals, consultations, or holding Resident Forums – our group represents local people, and supports their projects.”
Elaine, Activities & Volunteer Coordinator and 'go to' for all things volunteering within the Union has a few things lined up: “This summer, I am particularly excited to volunteer for the Special Olympics in August and welcome thousands of athletes and spectators to our beautiful campus. I also hope to spend plenty of days out in the University Garden and would encourage any students to join me if you are still in Stirling- it’s a great way to destress. I’m sure there will be plenty of other things that will keep me busy this summer as I’m always looking for new and exciting ways to help out in the community.”
Contact Elaine to find out about Volunteering Opportunities in Stirling - firstname.lastname@example.org
STEER Peer Support
We have also just re-launched STEER Peer Support for 2018, if you're a current student and you want to show a new student the ropes at Stirling, click here for more info.
Did you know the Union has a beautiful, functional garden and orchard? We grow fruits, veggies, plants and we even have a pond! To get involved with the Garden you can pop up, no experience needed - just sensible shoes/clothes. It's situated past the castle on the way to Ally Court.
Garden times: Mondays and Wednesdays 2pm – 4pm. Email email@example.com for more details
The Green & Blue Space
We're knee deep (literally) in The Big Spring Clean, where those leaving halls donate their unwanted items to the G&B space. We sort through these donations, weigh them and repurpose them - whether that's recycling or re-selling in the shop back to you! This takes time and spare hands are always welcome. You can pop in:
Tuesday’s 10am – 5pm and/or Thursday’s 10:30am – 5pm. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details