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 involves Universities, Colleges, Students’ Unions, Charities and more across the UK to involve students in all sorts of voluntary activities.
The activities have gotten off to a great start already this week with a social group on Tuesday for refugees and asylum seekers. As I am writing this today (Wednesday) the team from the beach clean has just got back. “It’s a really important task to keep the environment clean” says Dan, one of the volunteers on the clean.
On Thursday and Friday the volunteering will continue, with ‘the big mural paint’ to decorate the space for a new homework club for children in St Thomas and planting of flowers to brighten up a sheltered housing complex. There will also be a quiz afternoon for the over 50’s.
Last Wednesday (15th) older community members from various local areas were invited to a Valentine’s day Community Meal. First there was the opportunity for a tour of some of the new facilities on the Bay Campus before a delicious meal provided by Campus Catering. Guests were entertained by Urban Tango Nights who kindly preformed a selection of dances, they also run a free dance class at which they ask for donations which go to Discovery. There was also a raffle organised by volunteers form the Supported Volunteering Service.
Also last Wednesday a group of our volunteers met officers from South Wales Police and went out on the road to preform random speed checks on drivers. Discovery is pleased to continue working closely with the local police on this and other opportunities such as the COP project. Recently the Swansea Neighbourhood Watch Association gave feedback on how pleased they were with the volunteers on the COP project following their work together (original post). All too often only the negative effects of students are portrayed so it’s good that they have an opportunity to present the positive side and help the community.
Recently, as it was Valentine’s day, we have been asking volunteers to write what they love about working with Discovery. Here is the result.