Who We Are
Situated in Swansea we carry out all of our volunteering operations in the local area. We are proud to be based at Swansea University's Singleton campus and have a great view of the beach! We are unique because we are a charity run completely by students. However, we do have 4 great full time staff that help to keep us on track. Way back in 1966 when the miniskirt was all the rage and the first US spacecraft orbited the moon, a group of Swansea University students set out to change the world as Swansea Volunteer Service was formed to make a real difference in the community. Over the years the organisation has changed its name to Student Community Action and now Discovery Student Volunteering Swansea
Founded in 1966 we have been a long running charity in the Swansea area. For five decades of helping the elderly, taking children away on trips, gardening, decorating and much, much more the organisation is proud to celebrate its 50th birthday.As our project list has grown we have decided to split our activities into several sections: Involve, projects volunteering with the elderly and vulnerable adults; Interact, hand on projects; Inspire, projects volunteering with young people; International, a project twining work in Swansea and Siavonga; The Supported Volunteering Scheme, a volunteering project working alongside adults with learning disabilities.
Discovery has achieved several volunteering accolades, including the Queen's Award for Volunteering Service, the highest achievable award for any charity. We also hold the Investing in Volunteers standard.
Discovery aims to: Enrich the lives of people in Swansea in order to fulfil their potential as empowered individuals and as members of groups and communities. Offer new experiences and opportunities through a broad range of student led activities in the community leading to increased mutual understanding and equality. Actively support students to be aware of their personal development and the impact on themselves and the lives of others through their involvement in community based activities.
Last Wednesday volunteers from across all our projects gathered to celebrate a fantastic year of voluntary work by Discovery. It was an opportunity to say thank you to everyone that has helped in so many different ways to make such a success of everything we do and help improve the lives of people across Swansea. Read more about The Discovery Awards[…]
So, it has been quite a while since the last blog post. While things haven’t been happening on the website there has certainly been plenty going on in the real world. There has been such a lot since the last post that there is no why to fit it all in, so we will just Read more about Long time no post[…]
So the COP project is a partner lead project, run through discovery, which sees student volunteers working locally with South Wales Police and Swansea Metropolitan students. The majority of work we do is giving crime prevention advice to the local community, working with the police and Police community support officers on operations such as OPHAND, Read more about COP Project: Horses, Dogs and Divers[…]
Discovery runs so many fantastic projects and none of them would be possible without our wonderful and dedicated volunteers. However, there is something else Discovery also needs to function as a charity… money. As well as getting money by applying for grants from various charitable bodies such as Children in Need; we are also very Read more about How we raise funds (and other things).[…]
Our new project Discovery Dragons is aiming to encourage engagement in sport by young people across Swansea. Discovery volunteers will be working with other organisations to provide a wide variety of sporting opportunities. We have already had a great deal of interest from many people wanting to volunteer on the project. To give everyone a Read more about Sports, litter, gardening, painting… so many Discovery Projects.[…]
The RASCELS project works with young people from asylum seeker and refuge backgrounds, providing them with various fun activities and opportunities. This Saturday I had a great time volunteering on the project. We all met at the Waterfront Museum from where we headed off on a lantern parade that had been organised as part of Read more about A Karaoke Party[…]
In a time where there is so much food waste being thrown away and yet people still go hungry Discovery is doing its bit through the Food Swansea Project. Waste Free Wednesdays have been mentioned before in the blog, every Wednesday from 4pm to 6 pm Campus Catering serve up a delicious variety of food Read more about Food glorious food[…]
After the success of the Week of Work voluntary taster sessions that ran back in January, Discovery is pleased to be running more of these as part of Student Volunteering Week (SVW). SVW is an annual national event that this year is running from 20th to 26th of February. Now in its 16th year SVW Read more about Student Volunteering Week[…]
There is always loads going on here and Discovery is always growing, this week we have announced a new project and two paid internship opportunities as well as looking to extend the existing Supported Volunteering Scheme. So, with all that to get through let’s get started! As mentioned in the previous blog post (here) Read more about Many Opportunities in Discovery[…]
This week Discovery has collaborated with Swansea University Employability Academy (SEA) during their Week of Work to provide taster volunteering opportunities. Following an introductory talk on Monday, Tuesday saw volunteers providing a friendly face at a community drop-in in Brynmill. Today (Wednesday) there will be a community meal for older community members as well as Read more about Voluntary opportunities and the Zambia project.[…]