So, it may have been quite on the blogs front since the start of the academic year, but here in Discovery it is all go! We have had so much going on that there hasn’t been time to blog. But, belated as it may be, here is an update of all that has been happening.
Sian has made this video (complete with catchy music) of all that’s been going on in recent months. After watching that, there’s a summary of just some of our resent goings on below.
Project coordinator training.
Our project coordinators are a really important part of our team, they are each responsible for organising every aspect of the activities for their project. This is quite a responsibility, so it’s vital that they are properly trained. The training took place over a weekend and covered project planning, risk assessments, Safeguarding and volunteer management as well as much more. It was a packed weekend to get through it all but there was also a little time to relax and get to know each other.
Freshers Fayre and Volunteering Fayre
Getting more people involved with volunteering is always great and the start of term, with so many new students, is always a good opportunity. We tried to get the word out to as many people as possible with stands at the Welcome and Freshers Fayres, as well as our own Volunteering Fayres on both campuses. At the Fayres there was the opportunity to talk to existing volunteers about what volunteering involves and what the different projects do. It was great to see so much interest from people and we are really pleased with the number of new volunteers that have joined us.
It’s important all our volunteers know what and what not to do when volunteering, so training is vital. We have run many training sessions so far with many more to come. All our new volunteers need to attend our ‘Start Here’ training, this is the basic information everyone needs when volunteering. Our project co-ordinators have been First Aid trained. There have also been many more specific training sessions for the skills needed in a particular project. These included LEGO therapy, refugee and asylum-seeker awareness, positive behaviour management and how best to help our supported volunteers.
Projects started running
Many of our projects are already up and running.
Kids Away went swimming at the LC2 and will be going out again soon.
RASCLES have been to the waterfront museum and had a session of basketball.
Tidy towns have done a few different beach cleans.
Food Swansea have been running Waste-Free Wednesdays each week and have also run 2 community meals so far.
Active 18 had a Halloween party.
Sketty Park Youth Club has started running again.
Many of our other projects are also running or getting ready to start.
Give it a go week
To give new volunteers the opportunity to sample volunteering we ran a Give it a Go week. Taster sessions of many different projects allowed people to get a feel for what they might want to do. 10 sessions ran with 50 volunteers across the week.
Don’t forget, if you are interested in volunteering with us it’s not too late to sign up. You can book your start here interview in the Discovery office to start you volunteering journey.
That’s it for now. More updates soon.