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Cardiff Volunteering: New year, new you, new volunteer

New Year, New You, New Volunteers!

Happy New Year from all of us at Cardiff Volunteering! We hope you had a restful break and those pesky exams are out of the way! You may now be thinking about the semester ahead and for some of you final years, this will induce an end-of-uni panic about your career prospects! We know this feeling all too well but luckily, it’s never too late to start volunteering with us and gaining some valuable experiences for your CV and job interviews! If you aren’t a final year, this is even better as now is the perfect time to start banking those experiences for future use. We thought it would be handy to give you the low-down on what we’ve got coming up over the next few months…

Some of our regular projects still have spaces available. There’s environmental champions and advice squad which both do not require a police check and have a flexible commitment requirement. Both have a campaign, events based focus with the champs promoting sustainability through recycling, waste reduction, energy conservation and Fairtrade consumption, Meanwhile, the advice squad providing information on student issues including money, exams and housing.

There’s also spaces on our primary school tutoring project (pretty self explanatory) and our secondary school tutoring projects Whitchurch High Reading/Maths. If you have a valid DBS check you may be able to be fast tracked into one of these projects!

If fun and games is more your thing, there are spaces available on Friends 4 U, a council led initiative involving one to one contact with children considered “at risk” on the social services register. Alternatively, inclusive sports supports children and adults with additional needs to play sports in a safe environment. To sign up for any of these projects, head to our website and download the application form!

The Internships, Work Experience and Volunteering week is fast approaching on the 25th-28th January. Our very own Rachel will be delivering a bespoke “Volunteering 101” session on the 25th from 3-4pm in room 4I – spaces are limited so sign up soon! The 28th January is also a firm date for the diary with the week culminating with an expo style fair with many employers and third sector organisations eager to offer you work experience, internships and volunteer placements. Of course, we’ll be there so head for the orange and come chat to us!

Finally, it wouldn’t be a Cardiff Volunteering article if we didn’t mention JAILBREAK! For those of you who don’t know (where have you been?!) JAILBREAK is a charity challenge to get your team of 3-4 as far away from Cardiff, and back, as you can in 52 hours – with no money! We’ve got a whole pile of prize categories and lots of challenges whilst you’re away to keep you entertained and on the ball. Tickets are £15 per person and we ask for a minimum sponsorship of £50, with all funds raised going to Cardiff Volunteering and RAG. JAILBREAK 2016 is the weekend of 4-6th March! For more information, visit cardiffstudents.com/jailbreak.

If this doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, we are also holding a student sleep out, where you’ll camp outside the SU with nothing but a pillow, sleeping bag and a cardboard box! This fundraiser will be raising money for our homelessness projects, and it’s only £5 entry, including hot drinks, snacks and a breakfast the next morning. More details will be coming soon! Keep checking our events pages for much more coming up over this semester.

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