Voluntary opportunities and the Zambia project.

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 the opportunity to volunteer at the newly set up youth group in St Thomas providing fun activities and games for young people. Volunteers will also be able to help with craft activities and games at the Sketty Park youth group on Thursday and on Friday there will be a quiz afternoon for older people. Then comes the turn of the Interact projects, providing practical help to do various house maintenance tasks for people unable to manage these themselves. On Friday it’s painting and on Saturday it’s gardening. This volunteering taster week is a great opportunity for anyone that might be interested in volunteering but hasn’t done so before, and whether they decide to continue volunteering with Discovery or not everyone’s work helps make a difference to someone.

 

For 8 years now Discovery has been working in partnership with the Siavonga Nutrition Group, the University of Zambia, schools and women’s groups in Siavonga. Through this strong relationship, Discovery works with the community in Siavonga to design a programme of voluntary work based specifically around their needs. The Swansea Siavonga partnership features an annual summer trip where a small group of student volunteers along with Discovery staff spend most of July in Siavonga, Zambia.

The application process for the Zambia trip is now open, it is an amazing opportunity to be part of a sustainable, locally lead development project. Previous students have said:

‘’[this project gives you] freedom to choose your project, it gives responsibility and meaning to volunteering more than any other set volunteering project’’

‘’Every minute felt like it had purpose and meaning’’

‘’Overall, this was an amazing and character building experience that took me out of my comfort zone but was hugely rewarding. I would do it again in a heartbeat.’’

For more information or to apply email discovery@swansea.ac.uk

 

If you are not able to go to Siavonga yourself, you can still support the project. We are collecting resources and any donations are welcome. We are looking for:

(These are fine second hand)

  • Balls of wool of any kind
  • Light scarves, the kind made from cotton, silk or polyester not woolly winter scarves
  • Any kind of inflatable ball
  • Simple light games of any kind

If you are able to buy something new to donate we are also looking for:

Many girls in Zambia are unable to go to school while they have their periods and it seriously reduces women’s mobility and ability to work as reliable sanitary protection is not available or affordable.

 

If you are able to donate any of these items please get on touch discovery@swansea.ac.uk 01792 295743  and we can arrange to collect them or drop them into our office on the ground floor of Fulton House on Singleton Campus.

Thank you