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Cardiff Volunteering: Join in at Volunteering Week!

By Rachel Jones

This week is National Student Volunteering Week, which is geared towards getting individual people involved in volunteering, offering loads of one-off and taster events for you to try out different types of volunteering!

Luckily for you, Cardiff Volunteering have put a handy list of events together for you, so you can see what takes your fancy at a glance!

Monday 22nd February 2016: Today we have two events happening! First up is the great british jailbake off! Don your aprons and bake a cake for charity! We will be accepting submissions in CSEV between 9am-11am, with judging 11am-12pm and cake sales in the food court from 12pm-3pm. Prizes for best tasting and best decorated. All proceeds to Cardiff Volunteering to help fund our volunteering projects. The second event happening today is a Day At The Farm. Experience a day at Amelia Trust farm with a variety of activities, including helping with the animals, habitat creation and woodland management! We’ll be meeting at 10am and returning at 5pm.

Tuesday 23rd February 2016: We’re creating a pollinator garden in Grangetown! Join us for a day of planting and generally getting your hands dirty. A great chance to get some fresh air and make a visible difference in a local community. This event will take place from 11am – 4pm.

Wednesday 24th February 2016: Calais Clothes Sort – Join us for an afternoon of sorting out clothes donations for refugees at Calais Camp and locally in Cardiff. If you can only pop along for an hour that’s fine too! Any help welcome, we’ll be sorting from 1-5pm.

Thursday 25th February 2016: Blind Bowling – Interact with those with visual impairments during a game of bowling, including being a sighted guide and experiencing the impairments first hand using specially created goggles! In conjunction with Cardiff Institute for the Blind. This will be taking place from 5:30pm to 9:30pm.

Friday 26th February: Jailbreak Briefings – all teams must attend and these will be happening regularly throughout the day. If you haven’t heard of Jailbreak, where have you been!? Jailbreak is the biggest event of the Volunteering Calendar, and is happening 4th-6th March. You have 52 hours to get as far away from Cardiff, and back again. The catch? You can’t spend ANY money on transport, and have to beg, borrow and busk your way across the world. Sounds like your bag? Head to to enter a team and read the all important T&C’s, you’re running out of time to sign up!

Finally, just a reminder to those of you in Sports Teams or Societies, or completing the Cardiff Award. These events all count towards your tiering system, and can mark off a load of points, including volunteering, fundraising and community work. For those of you doing the Cardiff Award, these all count towards your hours, so completing Jailbreak and two other events and you’ve done your 70 hours!

To sign up for any or all of these events, head to and click on National Student Volunteering Week! As usual, if you have any questions, drop us an email on or pop in for a cuppa and a chat!

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