Charity Challenge Photo Competition

We are participating in the University of Worcester Charity Challenge, in aid of Smile for Joel.

Team: We’re Here for the Barbecue Photo Competition

Match the correct before and after photos and win a £20 Amazon voucher.

We are running various events to raise sponsorship money and if you would like to enter our photo competition, please print/tear off the answer sheet and bring to Registry Admissions Office in Woodbury WB140 along with your £1 entry fee.

If more than one person has all answers correct, a single winner will be drawn from a hat out of the correct entries.

Entry Sheet

Before

After

Crochet Class Date Reminder for Charity of the Year

We will be holding a beginner’s crochet class on Monday, 4 June from 5-6:30pm in EEG027. The class costs £10, with all money going to the University’s Charity of the Year, Smile for Joel.

Due to cancellations, there are a couple of places still remaining! If you would like further information or wish to book a place, contact us on communications@worc.ac.uk

Information about the class:

We are pleased to announce the next session in the Communications and Participation ‘How to’ series: ‘Learn to Crochet’.

This hour and a half long session will introduce you to crochet. You’ll learn the basic stitches, how to read a pattern and where to find helpful resources and tutorials. It’s really easy to learn and you don’t need any prior experience! By the end of the session you’ll already be working on your first project.

The session costs £10 and will include all of your supplies. You’ll also receive a resource pack to take home with you, so you can carry on your work after the session.

All money raised will go to the University’s Charity of the Year, Smile for Joel.

Five reasons why crochet is good for your brain

Crochet Class Date Confirmed for Charity of the Year

We will be holding a beginner’s crochet class on Monday, 4 June from 5-6:30pm in EEG027. The class costs £10, with all money going to the University’s Charity of the Year, Smile for Joel.

There are a few places remaining! We’d be very grateful if you could let us know if you are planning to attend, as we need to purchase supplies in advance. If you would like further information or wish to book a place, contact us on communications@worc.ac.uk

Information about the class:

We are pleased to announce the next session in the Communications and Participation ‘How to’ series: ‘Learn to Crochet’.

This hour and a half long session will introduce you to crochet. You’ll learn the basic stitches, how to read a pattern and where to find helpful resources and tutorials. It’s really easy to learn and you don’t need any prior experience! By the end of the session you’ll already be working on your first project.

The session costs £10 and will include all of your supplies. You’ll also receive a resource pack to take home with you, so you can carry on your work after the session.

All money raised will go to the University’s Charity of the Year, Smile for Joel.

Five reasons why crochet is good for your brain

 

Jumble Sale for Charity of the Year

The Communications & Participation team will be opening up their Board Room with a selection of items to purchase, including home and garden items, DVDs and books, clothes and scarves, and lots of items perfect for gifts.

Come along and browse our Jumble Sale anytime this Thursday from 8.30am to 5.30pm, in Woodbury WB 112.

“One man’s junk is another man’s treasure”

Spring Plant Stall for Charity of the Year

Spring Plant Stall for Charity of the Year

The Communications and Participation Department will be selling a selection of home grown, garden-ready plants in the St. John’s Main Reception from 11-1 this Wednesday. You’ll find a good choice of flowers, vegetables and herbs…perfect for potting up a window box over the long weekend!

There will also be a few crafts tucked in with the plants, and a great gardening raffle prize, which includes tickets to the Autumn Show in Malvern, a picnic set, a bottle of wine and a few other treats (could make a very handy Father’s Day present!)

We’d be grateful for donations of additional plants. If you have a few spare seedlings lurking in the greenhouse, please drop them off in our offices in Woodbury, bring them along on the day and add them to the sale, or email us at communications@worc.ac.uk and we’ll come and collect them.

All money raised will go to the University’s Charity of the Year, Smile for Joel.

Why Gardening is Good For You

 

 

 

Learn to Crochet workshop for Charity of the Year

Learn to Crochet for Charity of the Year

Following last week’s successful paper flower-making workshop, we are pleased to announce the next session in the Communications and Participation ‘How to’ series: ‘Learn to Crochet’.

This hour and a half long session will introduce you to crochet. You’ll learn the basic stitches, how to read a pattern and where to find helpful resources and tutorials. It’s really easy to learn and you don’t need any prior experience! By the end of the session you’ll already be working on your first project.

The session costs £10 and will include all of your supplies. You’ll also receive a resource pack to take home with you, so you can carry on your work after the session.

We haven’t set a date yet. If you would be interested in taking part in a session, please send an expression of interest to us at communications@worc.ac.uk and we’ll do our best to set a date that suits as many people as possible.

All money raised will go to the University’s Charity of the Year, Smile for Joel.

Five reasons why crochet is good for your brain

 

Charity photo sessions with photographer to the stars

Award winning rock photographer, Iona Bateman, is offering one hour photo shoots and one on one photography lessons for £100, with 100% of money raised going to the Smile for Joel charity.

Iona has worked for bands and record labels around the world including the Foo Fighters, Greenday, U2, BBC Radio 1 and MTV, with her photos featuring on the covers of Kerrang and NME.

Whether you’re a budding snapper, rock star, actor or just want to mark a special occasion then don’t miss this one off opportunity.

To book a session or for more information please email ionabateman@gmail.com or check out Iona’s website at www.ionabateman.com

Places are limited and must be booked by the 31 May.

ionabateman

One week left to nominate Students’ Union RAG charity

The Students’ Union’s Raise and Give (RAG) works to facilitate student fundraising at the University. Every year we nominate a local charity that we fundraise for throughout the year, and who will be the recipient of all proceeds raised during RAG week and other fundraising events held throughout the year. RAG also supports students and student groups to raise for other charities during the year.

Nominations for our RAG Charity of the year for 2018-19 are now open and will close on Monday 28th May. Shortlisted nominations will be put to a student vote to decide who the next RAG charity will be.

We accept nominations from both individual students and directly from charities. Charities must be based in/or do a significant amount of work in Worcestershire. Regional branches of national charities are accepted.

If you would like to nominate a Charity simply submit your nomination here: https://worcsu.wufoo.eu/forms/q87o3601m10fjj/

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to get in contact with Eleanor, Student Engagement Coordinator, e.york@worc.ac.uk

RAG

 

Charity Auction Legoland and Thorpe Park – Thursday 17 May

Thanks to a generous donation, we have four tickets available for Thorpe Park and four tickets for Legoland. We will be auctioning these via written bids on Thursday 17 May in Reception, St John’s Campus, between 10am and 4pm. Starting bid £25 per pair.

Alongside this, there will be a wide range of new and used items for sale, including:

  • Books
  • Stationery
  • Gifts
  • DIY items

Come along for a bid or a browse and you may find something you didn’t know you needed – raising money for an excellent cause in the process.

Bids also accepted via email to d.fox@worc.ac.uk until 4pm on 17 May.

Thank you in advance for your support!

Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire Charity Challenge Team

Nominations open for Students’ Union RAG charity

The Students’ Union’s Raise and Give (RAG) works to facilitate student fundraising at the University. Every year we nominate a local charity that we fundraise for throughout the year, and who will be the recipient of all proceeds raised during RAG week and other fundraising events held throughout the year. RAG also supports students and student groups to raise for other charities during the year.

Nominations for our RAG Charity of the year for 2018-19 are now open and will close on Monday 28th May. Shortlisted nominations will be put to a student vote to decide who the next RAG charity will be.

We accept nominations from both individual students and directly from charities. Charities must be based in/or do a significant amount of work in Worcestershire. Regional branches of national charities are accepted.

If you would like to nominate a Charity simply submit your nomination here: https://worcsu.wufoo.eu/forms/q87o3601m10fjj/

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to get in contact with Eleanor, Student Engagement Coordinator, e.york@worc.ac.uk

RAG

 

Fancy a game of rounders?

We are hoping to arrange a University wide mixed rounders tournament on 4 June at Lakeside campus starting at 5pm (weather dependent). If you would like to enter a team please email r.bullingham@worc.ac.uk there will be a fee for each person on the team to raise money for Smile for Joel. Rules can be provided for each team but the idea is a friendly work place tournament – no experience necessary.

 

Workplace Challenge events

Workplace Challenge Wheelchair Basketball – University of Worcester Arena

Join us for the 4th Workplace Challenge Wheelchair Basketball tournament in Worcester! We are offering businesses a chance to try their hand at the fast and fun Paralympic sport!

The tournament is a mixed event open to all abilities. Come along and get active, enjoy some friendly competition and try something new!

The event takes place on the 16th May from 6-8.30 pm at the University of Worcester Arena, Hylton Road, Worcester, WR2 5JN.

Registration is between 5.30 and 6 pm with games starting at 6.15 pm

Teams will consist of 8 members with 5 on court at any one time, with a registration cost of £40 per team. You will need to appoint a team captain, they will sign the whole team up. Please note this event is for over 18’s only.

Book at https://www.sportspartnershiphw.co.uk/events/2018/05/wpc-wheelchair-basketball

This event will be raising money for the Smile for Joel charity.

After losing three family members (Joel, Pat and Ade) in June 2015 during the Tunisian terror attacks, Suzi and Owen Richards wanted to make a difference in their name for others who have experienced losing someone they love in such a heart-breaking way.

SmileForJoel was set up as a fund raising charity to support and help shattered/ broken families who are victims of traumatic bereavement through homicide. They give direct to families the support that they desperately need. This support is very diverse, from time out for family breaks, special counselling, help with purchases of gifts or that special gift to a family to show them someone does care.

Thanks to all teams and volunteers taking part in the event


Workplace Challenge Mixed Netball – Hereford Sixth Form  

Join us for the 3rd Mixed Netball Tournament in Hereford.

The tournament is a mixed netball event open to all abilities, to come along get active and enjoy some friendly competition. As well as a chance to network with other businesses across the county.

The event will take place at Herefordshire Sixth Form College on Thursday 24th May, with a registration cost of £45 per team.

Timings:

  • Registration between 5.30pm and 6pm
  • Games start 6.15 pm

Teams can consist of a maximum 10 players (minimum of at least 7 is advised).

There should be no more than 3 men on court at any point so please consider this when planning your teams.

You will need to appoint a team captain, they will sign the whole team up. Please note that this event is for over 18’s only.

Prizes for the winners

Book at https://www.sportspartnershiphw.co.uk/events/2018/05/mixednetballhereford2018

 

Charity Auction and Table Sale – Thursday 17 May

Thanks to a generous donation, we have four tickets available for Thorpe Park and four tickets for Legoland. We will be auctioning these via written bids on Thursday 17 May in Reception, St John’s Campus, between 10am and 4pm. Starting bid £25 per pair.

Alongside this, there will be a wide range of items for sale, including:

  • Books
  • Stationery
  • Gifts
  • DIY items

Come along for a bid or a browse and you may find something you didn’t know you needed – raising money for an excellent cause in the process.

Bids also accepted via email to d.fox@worc.ac.uk until 4pm on 17 May.

Thank you in advance for your support!

Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire Charity Challenge Team

Paper-flower making workshop for Charity of the Year

We are hosting a paper-flower making workshop in the Communications and Participation offices on Wednesday 9 May at 5pm.

Come along and try your hand at making these lovely, realistic and unique crepe paper creations!

The session will take place in the Comms Office (Woodbury Building, Room 112, in the spur closest to the large car park).

The session costs £10 and will include all of your supplies as well as tea, coffee and biscuits. All of the money raised will go to Smile for Joel, the University’s Charity of the Year. The session will probably last about 1.5 hours, but you’ll have templates and paper to take home, so you are very welcome to leave the session early if needed.

We’d be grateful if you could please reserve your place in advance, so that supplies can be prepared. Email us at communications@worc.ac.uk to book.

Race Day at Worcester Racecourse

RAG and the Students’ Union are delighted to announce the return of the Student Race Day on Thursday 10 May!

After the success of the RAG Worcester Race Day in 2017, our RAG Committee has arranged a further Race Day on Thursday 10 May at Worcester Racecourse. The 10th May marks the season opener in the Worcester racing calendar and promises to be an exciting afternoon, with a total of seven jump races.

Students and staff from the University of Worcester are all invited. Tickets are available for staff at the discounted price of £12 and include entry, and one free drink and a pie. Each ticket sold will see 80p donated to our chosen RAG charity, The Alzheimer’s Society, with the intention of raising a total of £300 on the day.

Further information and terms & conditions are available via the Students’ Union website – www.worcsu.com

Race Day A3 (Staff Final)

Flash Mob dance in Grand Central, Birmingham

Yes, you CAN dance!

On the May Day bank holiday we’re putting on a Flash Mob in Grand Central (New Street Station) in Birmingham. You come along in the morning (free bus from Worcester and back again!), spend a few hours learning a simple routine and then perform in one of the busiest stations in the country!

This is being organised and choreographed by one of our fantastic second year dance students and she’s really keen to get as many people involved as possible – both students and staff. You don’t need to be able to dance – the routine is very simple and suitable for everyone of all abilities.

We’re going to be collecting for Cancer Relief and it’ll be a great day out. There’s even a little break for you to go shopping in the Bull Ring!

Please do get involved and encourage all members of staff and all students you meet. It’ll be a memorable experience – plus we’re going out live on social media so you can show all your friends.

So read the attachment and get in touch! Look forward to seeing you perform soon…

More details and to sign up:
Chloe Tasker c.tasker@worc.ac.uk

Fundraising carboot sale – item donations required!

We will be running a stall at The Ketch Carboot Sale to raise funds for the University’s Charity of Year, Smile for Joel. If you have any items that you would like to donate for us to sell, we have a collection point in the Admissions Office (room WB140). All proceeds from the Carboot Sale will go to the Charity.

If you are having a Spring clear-out and have any unwanted or unused items, we will happily take them off your hands!

  • Clothing
  • Bric a brac
  • Toys/games
  • CD’s/DVD’s
  • Household items
  • Gardening items
  • Any other unwanted quality items!

Please bring your item donations to the Admissions Office by Friday 25 May, 3pm at the latest, as we will be doing the Carboot Sale over the Bank Holiday Weekend. Thank you in advance for your support!

Many thanks,

‘We’re here for the BBQ’ Charity Challenge Team

 

Flash Mob dance in Grand Central, Birmingham

Yes, you CAN dance!

On the May Day bank holiday we’re putting on a Flash Mob in Grand Central (New Street Station) in Birmingham. You come along in the morning (free bus from Worcester and back again!), spend a few hours learning a simple routine and then perform in one of the busiest stations in the country!

This is being organised and choreographed by one of our fantastic second year dance students and she’s really keen to get as many people involved as possible – both students and staff. You don’t need to be able to dance – the routine is very simple and suitable for everyone of all abilities.

We’re going to be collecting for Cancer Relief and it’ll be a great day out. There’s even a little break for you to go shopping in the Bull Ring!

Please do get involved and encourage all members of staff and all students you meet. It’ll be a memorable experience – plus we’re going out live on social media so you can show all your friends.

So read the attachment and get in touch! Look forward to seeing you perform soon…

More details and to sign up:
Chloe Tasker c.tasker@worc.ac.uk

Comms Charity Nail Bar, this Friday afternoon

Fancy a treat ahead of the weekend? Communications colleagues will be hosting a nail bar this Friday, 3-6pm. Come along to Woodbury WB 112 to get your nails painted, from only £5 – there’ll be lots of colours to choose from! All money will go to the University’s Charity of the Year, Smile for Joel.

Book your appointment slot by emailing communications@worc.ac.uk

Race Day at Worcester Racecourse

RAG and the Students’ Union are delighted to announce the return of the Student Race Day on Thursday 10 May!

After the success of the RAG Worcester Race Day in 2017, our RAG Committee has arranged a further Race Day on Thursday 10 May at Worcester Racecourse. The 10th May marks the season opener in the Worcester racing calendar and promises to be an exciting afternoon, with a total of seven jump races.

Students and staff from the University of Worcester are all invited. Tickets are available for staff at the discounted price of £12 and include entry, and one free drink and a pie. Each ticket sold will see 80p donated to our chosen RAG charity, The Alzheimer’s Society, with the intention of raising a total of £300 on the day.

Further information and terms & conditions are available via the Students’ Union website – www.worcsu.com

Race Day A3 (Staff Final)

Facilities vs Finance Bake Off result

Last Monday 19th March, Facilities took on Finance in a Bake Off to raise money for the University’s Charity Challenge, an endurance race with 10 teams participating to raise money for our Charity of the Year, Smile for Joel. The event itself will take place on 8th June, and will involve the teams doing a 25 mile night walk, 14 miles canoeing, a 10 mile run, a 51 mile cycle ride, shooting basketball hoops at the Arena, a 300m swim across Lakeside, and the final challenge of a whole team tractor pull over 200m, all in the space of 24 hours.

The Bake Off started at 9am and the results were called at 2pm, with Finance raising £346.85 and Facilities raising £350.90. There was also a raffle for an iPad Mini which raised £108, and the teams went on to sell more cakes in the afternoon raising a further £78.50.

The total raised on the day amounted to £884.25, a significant amount for the Challenge.

The iPad Mini was won by one of our students, Maria Serghiou, so congratulations to her!

Well done to all those involved!

cake sale finance vs facilities

Spring Flower Arrangements for sale for Charity of the Year

The Communications and Participation team will be selling a limited number of lovely spring flower arrangements for the Charity of the Year, Smile for Joel.

Each arrangement features fresh, daffodil bulbs alongside realistic and carefully crafted paper flowers. When the bulbs have finished flowering they can be planted outside; the paper flowers are delicate but sturdy and should last forever! Each arrangement is contained in a pretty, reusable pot or basket.

  • Large arrangement (fresh daffodils in a larger basket and three hand-made paper flowers) £12
  • Medium arrangement (fresh daffodils and three hand-made paper flowers) £8
  • Small arrangement (fresh daffodils and one hand-made paper flower) £5

Please email communications@worc.ac.uk or visit us in Woodbury to reserve your arrangement. We only have a small number to sell and it’s first-come, first-served!

We are also hoping to run a paper flower workshop in the near future. If you’d like to try your hand at making these creations yourself, register your interest at communications@worc.ac.uk You don’t need any experience and all materials will be supplied. There will be a small cost, with all money going directly to Smile for Joel. Watch the blog for dates!

Cake sale in admissions Friday 23 March from 10.30

To raise money for Smile for Joel there will be a bake sale held in Admissions (WB140) on Friday 23rd March from 10:30.

Joel was a student here studying towards a BSc Hons in Physical Education & Sports Coaching Science when he was tragically killed in a terrorist attack. Seeing as Joel was such an active sportsman we will be taking part in multiple sporting activities covering 100 miles over a 24 hours period. On top of all of the physical exercise we have decided to host a bake sale to raise some additional funds.

Charity Quiz 11 April

We are pleased to announce, for one night only, the return of

The Quiz Master: Chris Dunn

Chris will be chairing a charity quiz: Wednesday 11 April

7pm for a 7.30pm start

Edward Elgar: Cotswold Suite

All money raised is for the University Challenge: 100 Miles for Joel

Entry fee: £16 per table – teams of 4

Entrants may bring their own drinks and snacks but there will also be a small bar available to purchase drinks on the evening.

Please send team entries to chrisdunn49@live.co.uk as soon as possible as places will be limited. There are still a few places left – please sign up by 28 March.

The evening will also include a raffle, if you have any prizes to donate please email CharityChallenge@worc.ac.uk

Charity Quiz 11 April

We are pleased to announce, for one night only, the return of
The Quiz Master: Chris Dunn

Chris will be chairing a charity quiz:

Wednesday 11 April
7pm for a 7.30pm start
Edward Elgar: Cotswold Suite

All money raised is for the University Challenge: 100 Miles for Joel

Entry fee: £16 per table – teams of 4

Entrants may bring their own drinks and snacks but there will also be a small bar available to purchase drinks on the evening.

Please send team entries to chrisdunn49@live.co.uk as soon as possible as places will be limited.

The evening will also include a raffle, if you have any prizes to donate please email CharityChallenge@worc.ac.uk

Lecturers’ fundraising for two West Midlands sexual violence charities

Two best friends with the same surname, both from Droitwich, have set themselves the extreme challenge of completing the London Marathon this year, in aid of two West Midlands sexual violence charities.

Kerrie Best, associate lecturer from the Institute of Health and Society and Becca Best, guest lecturer, have been friends since their sons met at nursery, and the pair started running together two years ago.

They completed the Worcester Half Marathon in 2017 and started training for the London Marathon in November in order to raise money for the Children and Young People’s Services at West Mercia Rape & Sexual Abuse Support Centre (WMRSASC) and Coventry Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre (CRASAC).

Kerrie works as a Counsellor at WMRSASC in addition to her lecturing work. She cites her reason for the challenge as being due to “seeing young children come across our doors at WMRSASC. They shouldn’t have to come, however, as long as they do need support it should be available, no waiting list, for as long as it takes.”

Both women have described the challenge as the hardest they have ever signed up to but are determined to see it through and raise as much money as they can. They currently train three times a week with a mixture of aqua aerobics, gym and running, with an additional long run every weekend, where to date they have surpassed 16.5 miles.

As part of the fundraising, there will be an online auction of a beautiful necklace donated by Anja Potze which will begin on 25th February and end on 4th March, further details can be found on the WMRSASC Facebook page: www.facebook.com/wmrsasc

To donate, visit: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/Besties4

Kerrie and Becca

Students’ Union RAG total on the rise

The Students’ Union are very pleased to announce that this year’s RAG total has now reached over £8500. This means we’ve smashed last year’s grand total just in semester one! Kudos to the committee over at Worcester Students’ Union RAG and to everyone who’s contributed to this total, no matter how big or small.

Worcester Students’ Union Raise and Give (RAG) works to facilitate student fundraising at the University of Worcester. Every year we have a nominated local charity that we will fundraise for throughout the year and who will be the recipient of all proceeds raised during RAG week. This year our students have voted Alzheimer’s Society as our nominated charity.

Keep an eye out for more fundraising activities from our students throughout the year!

RAG

Charitable Donation – West Mercia Women’s Aid

Letter from Sue Coleman – Chief Executive, West Mercia Womens Aid

I am writing to thank you for the amazing donation that the University of Worcester’s Centre for Violence Prevention has collected from staff, students and members of the public and have kindly given to West Mercia Women’s Aid.

The gifts will be appreciated so much by those children and mothers who are assisted by our services. They will bring some welcome cheer during this difficult period in their lives and the generosity of all concerned will help them to overcome their negative experiences as they move towards a happier and safer life.

On behalf of our Board Members and all at West Mercia Women’s Aid, I would like to pass on our sincere thanks and appreciation, along with our best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.

Yours sincerely,

Sue Coleman
Chief Executive
West Mercia Womens Aid

University Charity Challenge 2018 – Smile for Joel

Dear Colleagues,

I’m proposing a challenge for 2018 to hopefully raise funds for our charity of the year.

Given Joel was a keen sportsman and an inclusive practitioner, the challenge would involve various sporting activities covering 100 miles in 24hrs around Worcestershire. The date will be 8/9 June 2018 and the proposed outline is as follows:

  • Start Friday 8 June 2018 @ 7pm
  • Night Walk – 25 Miles (Route TBC – suitable terrain for wheelchair)
  • Canoe – 14 Miles – (Follow River Severn – Route TBC – adapted boats available)
  • Run – 10 Miles – (Follow canal path – Route TBC)
  • Bike Ride – 50 miles – (Route tbc – finish at Lakeside but to go via Arena to shoot basketballs)
  • Swim – 600m (Open swim around lake and Archery to take place at same time)
  • Tractor Pull – 400m (Team effort)
  • Finish Saturday 9 June @ 7pm
  • Specific details of each event (and distance) to be discussed at monthly meetings
  • (BBQ 6 – 9pm at Lakeside for friends/families of competitors and University staff)

The Challenge will be open to all University staff, partner colleges, associated staff and student staff, however, there will be a maximum of eight University teams allowed to compete.

We want this event to be as inclusive as possible. Disabled participants and those who face challenges in actively participating in physical activity are more than welcome to take part. We have tried to ensure that as many of the activities as possible are adapted and accessible, but if you have any further queries specific to your own personal circumstances, or would like to discuss adaptations that we may not have thought of, please feel free to get in touch and we can discuss this further.

Each team will consist of 8 competitors and 2 reserves. Staff with a disability or who think they may face certain challenges in participating, and who would like to work with a buddy or support worker on the challenge can do so, and any guide runners, tandem pilots or support workers assisting staff to take part in the challenge will not be counted towards a team’s total of 8 competitors.

Teams will require to nominate a “Team Captain” who will need to attend monthly meetings from January to May.

There will be rules on how many competitors are required for each event, so teams will need to make sure individuals are capable of competing in a minimum of 3 events. For example – the night walk will require 3 of the team to enter, mainly for safety reasons.

This is a demanding event and colleagues from the Institute of Sport have provided expert advice around the activities. They have also offered to support teams with training plans and guidance on safety during the events. This will be discussed in more detail at the first team meeting.

What to do next…

If you’re up for the challenge, the first step would be to identify a team, nominate a captain and the Team Captain e-mail the challenge organising team:  charitychallenge@worc.ac.uk

As mentioned above there will only be eight University teams competing, so only the first eight full teams can be accepted. To allow sufficient time for meetings and training for this challenge Team Captains will be required to register before the 22nd December.

As it is multidisciplinary, the event structure is quite complex. If you have any further queries or are trying to determine if the event is right for you, please contact me directly and I’d be happy to discuss any questions you may have.

There will be a support team for the challenge covering such duties as driving, administration and marshalling. If you cannot participate in the challenge for whatever reason but would like to be part of the support team then please e-mail charitychallenge@worc.ac.uk as your help would be very much appreciated.

Kind regards
Tom

Tom Taylor
Assistant Director – Security & Operations

Christmas Craft Stall This Thursday: 4:30pm in the Students’ Union

Back by popular demand, the Communications and Participation team (and friends) will have a Christmas bazaar stall at the Mince Pies and Mulled Wine event this Thursday.

You will find all your usual holiday favourites, including a wonderful array of handmade crafts, gifts, stocking fillers, cards, fresh holly and mistletoe and Christmas decorations. Take a sneak peak below!

Most items are priced between £1 and £5, so bring plenty of change and cross a few names off your Christmas list. All proceeds from the stall will go to the University’s Charity of the Year, Smile For Joel.

 

University Charity Challenge 2018 – Smile for Joel

Dear Colleagues,

I’m proposing a challenge for 2018 to hopefully raise funds for our charity of the year.

Given Joel was a keen sportsman and an inclusive practitioner, the challenge would involve various sporting activities covering 100 miles in 24hrs around Worcestershire. The date will be 8/9 June 2018 and the proposed outline is as follows:

  • Start Friday 8 June 2018 @ 7pm
  • Night Walk – 25 Miles (Route TBC – suitable terrain for wheelchair)
  • Canoe – 14 Miles – (Follow River Severn – Route TBC – adapted boats available)
  • Run – 10 Miles – (Follow canal path – Route TBC)
  • Bike Ride – 50 miles – (Route tbc – finish at Lakeside but to go via Arena to shoot basketballs)
  • Swim – 600m (Open swim around lake and Archery to take place at same time)
  • Tractor Pull – 400m (Team effort)
  • Finish Saturday 9 June @ 7pm
  • Specific details of each event (and distance) to be discussed at monthly meetings
  • (BBQ 6 – 9pm at Lakeside for friends/families of competitors and University staff)

The Challenge will be open to all University staff, partner colleges, associated staff and student staff, however, there will be a maximum of eight University teams allowed to compete.

We want this event to be as inclusive as possible. Disabled participants and those who face challenges in actively participating in physical activity are more than welcome to take part. We have tried to ensure that as many of the activities as possible are adapted and accessible, but if you have any further queries specific to your own personal circumstances, or would like to discuss adaptations that we may not have thought of, please feel free to get in touch and we can discuss this further.

Each team will consist of 8 competitors and 2 reserves. Staff with a disability or who think they may face certain challenges in participating, and who would like to work with a buddy or support worker on the challenge can do so, and any guide runners, tandem pilots or support workers assisting staff to take part in the challenge will not be counted towards a team’s total of 8 competitors.

Teams will require to nominate a “Team Captain” who will need to attend monthly meetings from January to May.

There will be rules on how many competitors are required for each event, so teams will need to make sure individuals are capable of competing in a minimum of 3 events. For example – the night walk will require 3 of the team to enter, mainly for safety reasons.

This is a demanding event and colleagues from the Institute of Sport have provided expert advice around the activities. They have also offered to support teams with training plans and guidance on safety during the events. This will be discussed in more detail at the first team meeting.

What to do next…

If you’re up for the challenge, the first step would be to identify a team, nominate a captain and the Team Captain e-mail the challenge organising team:  charitychallenge@worc.ac.uk

As mentioned above there will only be eight University teams competing, so only the first eight full teams can be accepted. To allow sufficient time for meetings and training for this challenge Team Captains will be required to register before the 22nd December.

As it is multidisciplinary, the event structure is quite complex. If you have any further queries or are trying to determine if the event is right for you, please contact me directly and I’d be happy to discuss any questions you may have.

There will be a support team for the challenge covering such duties as driving, administration and marshalling. If you cannot participate in the challenge for whatever reason but would like to be part of the support team then please e-mail charitychallenge@worc.ac.uk as your help would be very much appreciated.

Kind regards
Tom

Tom Taylor
Assistant Director – Security & Operations

University Charity Challenge 2018 – Smile for Joel

Dear Colleagues,

I’m proposing a challenge for 2018 to hopefully raise funds for our charity of the year.

Given Joel was a keen sportsman and an inclusive practitioner, the challenge would involve various sporting activities covering 100 miles in 24hrs around Worcestershire. The date will be 8/9 June 2018 and the proposed outline is as follows:

  • Start Friday 8 June 2018 @ 7pm
  • Night Walk – 25 Miles (Route TBC – suitable terrain for wheelchair)
  • Canoe – 14 Miles – (Follow River Severn – Route TBC – adapted boats available)
  • Run – 10 Miles – (Follow canal path – Route TBC)
  • Bike Ride – 50 miles – (Route tbc – finish at Lakeside but to go via Arena to shoot basketballs)
  • Swim – 600m (Open swim around lake and Archery to take place at same time)
  • Tractor Pull – 400m (Team effort)
  • Finish Saturday 9 June @ 7pm
  • Specific details of each event (and distance) to be discussed at monthly meetings
  • (BBQ 6 – 9pm at Lakeside for friends/families of competitors and University staff)

The Challenge will be open to all University staff, partner colleges, associated staff and student staff, however, there will be a maximum of eight University teams allowed to compete.

We want this event to be as inclusive as possible. Disabled participants and those who face challenges in actively participating in physical activity are more than welcome to take part. We have tried to ensure that as many of the activities as possible are adapted and accessible, but if you have any further queries specific to your own personal circumstances, or would like to discuss adaptations that we may not have thought of, please feel free to get in touch and we can discuss this further.

Each team will consist of 8 competitors and 2 reserves. Staff with a disability or who think they may face certain challenges in participating, and who would like to work with a buddy or support worker on the challenge can do so, and any guide runners, tandem pilots or support workers assisting staff to take part in the challenge will not be counted towards a team’s total of 8 competitors.

Teams will require to nominate a “Team Captain” who will need to attend monthly meetings from January to May.

There will be rules on how many competitors are required for each event, so teams will need to make sure individuals are capable of competing in a minimum of 3 events. For example – the night walk will require 3 of the team to enter, mainly for safety reasons.

This is a demanding event and colleagues from the Institute of Sport have provided expert advice around the activities. They have also offered to support teams with training plans and guidance on safety during the events. This will be discussed in more detail at the first team meeting.

What to do next…

If you’re up for the challenge, the first step would be to identify a team, nominate a captain and the Team Captain e-mail the challenge organising team:  charitychallenge@worc.ac.uk

As mentioned above there will only be eight University teams competing, so only the first eight full teams can be accepted. To allow sufficient time for meetings and training for this challenge Team Captains will be required to register before the 22nd December.

As it is multidisciplinary, the event structure is quite complex. If you have any further queries or are trying to determine if the event is right for you, please contact me directly and I’d be happy to discuss any questions you may have.

There will be a support team for the challenge covering such duties as driving, administration and marshalling. If you cannot participate in the challenge for whatever reason but would like to be part of the support team then please e-mail charitychallenge@worc.ac.uk as your help would be very much appreciated.

Kind regards
Tom

Tom Taylor
Assistant Director – Security & Operations

Donate unwanted food and toiletries to Worcester Foodbank for Christmas

Do you have any unwanted food or toiletries that could go to a better home rather than the bin?

One in five people in the UK live below the government defined “Poverty Line.”

During 2017 Worcester Foodbank has distributed 5,308 “three-day emergency food parcels” to people in need.

We have set up a collection point for surplus food at the reception desk in Hines building. From here the University will arrange to transport the food to Worcester Foodbank in time for Christmas.

If you have any unwanted items suitable for Worcester Foodbank (see guide below) then please bring them to Hines building by 11am Friday 16 December, to be in time for our last delivery to the Foodbank.

Alternatively you can drop it off at any of the Worcester Foodbank collection points at most local supermarkets (see their website for locations).

Visit https://worcester.foodbank.org.uk to find out more.

Thank you for your time.

Worcester Foodbank: Helping Local People in Crisis

If you can donate any food or toiletry items to Worcester Foodbank they will be greatfully received. The following list gives a guide to what we need.

Please note – We can only accept donations of unopened and undamaged goods which are still within their “use by” date.

Wanted Items:

  • Breakfast cereals
  • Instant Mash Potato
  • Pasta and Spaghetti
  • Pasta sauce
  • Rice
  • Tinned Fish and Meat
  • Soup
  • Tinned Vegetables e.g; Beans, Peas, Carrots, Sweetcorn, Tomatoes, Potatoes
  • Tinned Fruit
  • Jam
  • Peanut Butter
  • Longlife Fruit juice
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Custard
  • Tinned Sponge Puddings
  • Rice Pudding
  • Crackers or biscuits
  • Washing-up Liquid
  • Small box Laundry powder
  • Soap, Tooth paste, Shower gel, Shampoo, Deodorant.
  • Toilet rolls
  • Strong shopping bags