What You Missed at Reading’s Volunteering Fayre
If you were too hungover or put off by the rain, you might have not attended this years Volunteering Fayre but fear not, we did it for you! Volunteering is a great thing to do and looks great on a CV. It gives you a chance to meet new people and help those less fortunate than yourself. Here are some things you can do at Reading to give back to the community.
Join RAG Reading
RAG is the official fundraising body at The University of Reading. There are RAG’s up and down the country at various universities and while Reading’s RAG is relatively new it’s looking to be bigger this year with some massive events you can get involved in. There are challenges to Machu Picchu and The Great Wall of China, Union night outs, LOST and Jailbreak events and much more! RAG will be at the next two freshers fayres if you’re interested in joining.
RAG is partnered with Trust House Reading, Voice of the Child and Creating Better Futures.
Work with children by volunteering for KEEN
Kids Enjoy Exercise Now is a student run society that work with children that have additional needs. They meet on Saturday afternoons and have different themes each term to base activities and games on, this term is fairytales. The cause won “project of the year” at the Reading University Volunteering Awards 2015, so this is definitely something you want to keep your eye on!
Do something new with Reading Mencap
Working with people with learning disabilites and autism Reading Mencap runs a variety of clubs and activities for people of all ages including carers. They are a independently funded and do a range of fundraising events including Are You Listening Festival which takes place on Saturday 23rd April 2016 and has included artists like Dan Le Sac and Pulled Apart By Horses. For those who are interested on November 7th Reading Mencap will be hosting Spanish meal and need volunteers to help them set up. Email CommunityFundraiser@readingmencap.org.uk for more details.
Work for your University at the Institute of Education
The hub which is located in L24 on the beautiful London Road Campus is looking for people to help to sort out their resources and work among their staff. The position will give you management experience and experience of working in a professional environment in your university.
Fight Breast Cancer with Coppafeel
Coppafeel are a nationwide non-proft organisation that have come to Reading to make a difference and raise awareness. The first will be on 2nd October, 6pm in HUMSS 175 where you can find out how exactly you can get involved. In the mean time you can text UTBREADING to 70500 to get monthly “boob check” reminders and be in for a chance to win a student survival kit.
Save the children with Save the Children
All you’d want to do with a charity under one cause! Fundraising and campaigning for a great cause! The charity are keen to listen to what you as a volunteer would want to do and so this is a fun and flexible charity to work with.
Have fun whilst volunteering with Oxjam Reading
Oxjam has raised over £33,000 in the past three years with gigs around Reading town centre. The event takes place on Saturday 17th October featuring numerous bands and many opportunities for you to help out with this great event. Email Oxjamreadingtakeover@gmail.com for more information.