Volunteering Hours Total

The volunteering hours total is in!

The Students’ Union and University are very proud of the tradition at Worcester of students volunteering to help those less fortunate than themselves, or to represent their fellow students and peers. Volunteering, in this increasingly competitive world, is a key activity for students to undertake to enhance their employability and learn new skills.  Students have told us in the past that volunteering has inspired them to get more involved in their local communities and that it has also helped to relieve them of the stresses of University life.

The V-Record is a volunteering recognition system that allows the Students’ Union to reward students for the fantastic work they do for the SU, University and the local community. The 2017-18 V-Record deadline has passed and from 200 students, a combined total of 18675.50 volunteering hours have been logged! 69% of the hours logged by our students were from volunteering work they had completed out in the community and surrounding area.

A huge congratulations has been sent to all those students that logged hours, with those individuals also receiving volunteering awards for all of their hard work and dedication.

The V-Record for 2018-19 is now open and students can start logging their volunteering hours once again. With lots of work in place, we hope to see our numbers grow when the students return in September and throughout the 2018-19 academic year.

Free exercise sessions and research opportunity!

Do you want to get more active? Do you want to be part of some novel research taking place at the University of Worcester? This novel research study explores a new approach to how and where we exercise. High-intensity interval exercise is recently becoming a more popular mode of training based on its time-efficiency compared with traditional, continuous and moderate-intensity exercise.

However, the time-efficiency becomes questionable if a time-consuming visit to the gym is required in order to undertake this training. We are investigating whether high intensity workouts in the living room can be just as effective as a trip down the gym, by exploring many different effects of a bout of non-gym-based bouts of high-intensity interval exercise, such as star jumps, on the body.

For your time and efforts, you will receive a free month’s gym membership at the University McClelland Centre for Health & Wellbeing and the St John’s campus gym, as well as be entered into a prize draw to win a prize up to the value of £150. Participating in this study will require 3 visits to the laboratory from around 8am-2:30pm, but during most of this time you are free to work from the laboratory.

If you are able to work away from your office for this amount of time and are interesting in participating, please see the attached poster and email Alice Burgin at a.burgin@worc.ac.uk. Thank you!

Novel research poster

Reconnections Volunteering

‘No one should have No one’ is the strapline for this year’s Age UK winter campaign. In Worcestershire alone it is estimated that there are over 11,000 chronically lonely older people, many going weeks without speaking to anyone. That’s where you can help. If you join our team of volunteers you could offer just an hour a month (more if you like) to call or visit a person living near you. Some just want a chat at home whereas others might like to join your team in a pub quiz, go to the cinema, have a coffee, learn how to use facebook or join the gym. Our volunteering is really flexible and can be done around work or study commitments and depends on what you and your match arrange. The extra experience looks great on a CV and you receive DBS clearance and free training.

If you would like to sign up please use the following link https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/RECONNECTIONS

To find out more about our service follow us on Twitter @Reconnection_W Facebook @reconnectionsservice or on our website www.reconnectionsservice.org.uk

If you would rather talk to a real person give us a call for free on 0800 008 6077



Archaeology lecturer volunteers to help with the rehabilitation of servicemen

This summer archaeology HPL Andrew Hoaen, used his educational and professional training by volunteering for Operation Nightingale http://www.daguk.org/ which works with disabled and able bodied veterans and serving members of the armed forces. Archaeological work helps soldiers with their rehabilitation from a wide range of problems.

When Fred retired from the Army, nearly twenty years ago, he found that he needed help. His words best sum up one of the problems he faced. “Once you leave service, and you develop PTSD the biggest problem you have is that you tend to lock yourself away – you hide so getting out with these people and actually doing a bit of recreational therapy is – if you like – the best thing you can do.” I met Fred whilst volunteering for Operational Nightingale; run by the Defence Archaeology Group, their aim is to help in the recovery and retraining of returning and injured service personnel, by providing occupational therapy through participation in archaeological projects.

We were digging at Marne Barracks, just outside of Catterick in North Yorkshire. Sgt. Dairmaid Walshe, the organizer for the project, was helping direct the excavations along with Dr. Steve Sherlock. There was a great team on the dig with a mix of students, volunteers, current and ex-service men and women. Two of the sites I worked on stood out above the rest: one was a Roman House, which had been used later as an Anglo-Saxon cemetery; the other in the fields nearby a Bronze Age Barrow. Around 15 people were working at any one time on the house site and I have found in my years of archaeology that there is always one person on any site who has the knack for finding things. In our case this was an ex-soldier from Liverpool called Gary. By the end of the dig he had found two burials, a bone comb and several coins. At the Barrow site watching Clare a volunteer help Karl a blind ex-RAF policeman to dig and record the barrow ditch was not only great fun it was also very inspiring.

Getting the opportunity to teach men like Steve and Paul who were both ex-soldiers how to properly excavate, draw and record archaeological features was a privilege. They find the work interesting, it gives them a focus away from any other problems they might be facing and reinforces any therapy that they are currently having. It also helps that many of the skills required for archaeology they already possess, it is just a case of applying them in a different context. Working at the Marne Barracks gave them confidence in their recovery and new skills to apply in their work or search for work.

In my time on the project I learned a whole new perspective on community archaeology and the challenges facing veterans when they return home. The Defence Archaeology Group represents the best of community archaeology; a self sustaining group that is committed to providing injured servicemen and women opportunities and a safe place to help with their recovery, whilst learning more about the craft of archaeology.

The key partners for Marne are: Operation Nightingale, who, in the person of Sgt. Dairmaid Walshe, organized the project; the Ministry of Defence, who made personnel available and helped with the logistics; and the joint venture of Carillion – Morgan Sindall JV, who are widening the A1 and provided the dig director Dr. Steve Sherlock.

For more information see http://www.daguk.org/

Volunteers’ Fair

Interested in volunteering? Come and find out more at the

Volunteers’ Fair

Meet local organisations offering diverse, challenging and rewarding volunteer opportunities

On: Friday 5 June   From: 10am-2pm

At: the Regal, Tenbury Community Centre, Church Walk

Free entry and complimentary tea, coffee & cake

Volunteering is for anyone of any age and is a great way to meet new people, develop skills and support your community!

For more information contact:  Malvern Hills Volunteering Tel: 07935 407190  Email: js.malvernhillsvolunteering@gmail.com

Student Volunteering Week – make someone’s week

Just because it is Student Volunteering Week this week, doesn’t mean staff can’t get involved too!

Is there someone you know who is amazing? A colleague, a student, a partner? – Tell them! Make their week by sending them a thank you card.

Come to the Students’ Union to write a personal message to that person in a thank you card (designed by student volunteers!), and we will send it to them for free. Stall is active on:

Monday 23rd 10:00am-4:00pm

Wednesday 25th 10:00am-4:00pm

Friday 27th 10:00am-4:00pm

Messages can be from you, or completely anonymous. Can’t make it in? Send your message to us (suvolunteering@worc.ac.uk) along with their home address or email address, and we will send a physical/digital card at your request.

Full list of our projects this week – www.worcsu.com/ents/event/171/

SU Volunteering Facebook page – www.facebook.com/WSUVolunteering

(NB: If you wish for the card to be mailed, please bring a postal address. If this is not provided, we can email the recipient to request their address)

Send a Card Artwork

Thanks for your support




Volunteer Fair in the Students’ Union

Make your way down to the Volunteer Fair on Tuesday 25th February 11am-3pm as we welcome a range of local and national charities and trusts to the Students’ Union to hold stalls. It is a great way to find out more information about various charities and their opportunities if you are thinking about volunteering.

We also have our Raise and Give committee running challenges to raise money for our nominated charities with great prizes up for grabs. Help us raise money and have fun.

Check out the event, and a list of attending organisations here – http://www.worcsu.com/events/6013/72/