Student Volunteering Week 2021

Posted on: 11 February 2021

This year has been the twentieth anniversary of Student Volunteering Week, and although it’s a very different Student Volunteering Week to that of February 2020, we have been delivering lots of exciting events, volunteering opportunities and webinars this week to celebrate!

Webinars for students and staff
We were thrilled to kick off our brand new webinar series during Student Volunteering Week, with our Tuesday webinar called ‘Finding Volunteering Opportunities and Generating Ideas’ for students, and our Wednesday webinar called ‘Bringing Student Leaders Together’. We had lots of sign ups and engaging discussions with students and volunteering staff at various different universities.

Our mission and vision is all about mainstreaming student social action and it’s great that our webinars now offer a platform for us to continue these conversations, upskill students, and engage with colleagues on shared challenges and our own learning at Student Hubs.

Our webinars for next month are already live on Eventbrite, with our student webinars continuing to be free for the rest of the term, and our staff webinars ticketed at £10 from March. See our sessions here, and read our termly line up here.

Bristol Hub and the One City Plan
Our Bristol Hub has been working collaboratively with the University of Bristol and UWE Bristol to jointly celebrate the amazing work students are doing in Bristol, through the One City Plan.

The One City Approach is bringing together public, private, and third sector partners within Bristol to make Bristol a fair, healthy and sustainable city. You can see Bristol Hub’s content about this partnership on their social media, including their Twitter and Instagram.

Wellbeing Wednesday at Kingston Hub
Kingston Hub have had a big focus on mental health and wellbeing for their student volunteers this year, and Student Volunteering Week is no exception! On Wednesday 10th, they held ‘Wellbeing Wednesday’, bringing together different approaches and activities for students to maintain positive wellbeing over this lockdown. The intention is to create a ‘lockdown diary’ at the end of it.

Connecting students at Winchester Hub
Winchester have also had events related to connections and wellbeing this week, with their Hub Brew virtual event acting as a space for students to relax, connect with one another and share thoughts on wellbeing. During the week they rebranded to focus on self love, including making Valentine’s Day cards, reflecting on personal strengths and sharing tips on how to stay positive!

#LoveYourCommunity this year
The theme of #SVW21 this year is Love Your Community, a hugely important sentiment and something we have seen students doing so proactively across the lockdown period.

Thanks to all the students and staff who took part in our events this week, and we look forward to continuing the love for our communities as the term continues!

Fiona Walsh

Fiona is Student Hubs' Sales Director. She leads on university sales, alumni and corporate fundraising, marketing strategy and external relations. Fiona started her social action journey as a student volunteer with Southampton Hub.

Tags: Community, Education, Higher Education, Social Action, Third Sector


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