Campus Life


By Mali Taylor Powell and Michelle Lenton-Johnson

Student Volunteering Week is just around the corner, next week to be exact, so if you’d like to get amongst it and give volunteering a go, why not check some of what Cardiff Volunteering has to offer? We’re running 3 main events and we’d love you to join in!

“A Day on The Farm… With A Difference!”

Ever fancied helping out at a farm but don’t like the thought of all that mud and mess? Then this is the perfect one-off volunteering project for you!

We are hosting a “Give It A Go “Student Volunteering Week event with our partners at Amelia Trust Farm to give their on-site sports barn a face-lift with a new lick of paint. You will be helping to re-paint the interior of the barn, which is used to host community projects and events. The project will run between 2pm and 6pm on Wednesday 23rd March.

We’ll provide the transport and the paint, you just need to bring yourself. No wellies required – but wear clothes that you don’t mind getting messy in.

You’ll even be able to visit all the animals during your break! So what are you waiting for .. get a ‘moo’ ve on and sign up on the Give it a Go pages.

“Paint Pots for Local Tots”

We are kicking off Student Volunteering Week with a fabulous Playground Make-over at one of our local Primary schools – Stacey Primary.

The children there currently have a very “grey” playtime in a tired looking outdoor space – and we think they deserve something much more inspiring and enjoyable than that!

There are benches to be painted, hop-scotch and snakes and ladders games to paint on the drab concrete floor and much more.

The event will take place on Monday 20th February between 10am and 4pm. We will provide transport and paint, so all we need is you !

Let loose your inner child and your imagination, and help us create a fantastic and fun new outdoor space for these local children. Sign up on the GIAG pages.

“Mural Make-over Madness”

We are working with our partners Cadwyn Housing to deliver a really special ‘make-over’ project at their Nightingale House family hostel on Newport Road during Student Volunteering Week.

We are looking for volunteers to help brighten up the children’s lives by painting a mural on the wall of their crèche facility.

You don’t have to be arty to take part, just willing to get your hands (and possibly your clothes) dirty while you throw around some brightly coloured paint !

The project will take place on Tuesday 21st February between 10am – 4pm but you don’t need to be there for the whole day; you can join us for as long as you are able! We will provide the transport and the paint, you just need to provide enthusiasm, a helping hand and a smile ! If you would like to brighten up the lives of local children then sign up on the GIAG pages.

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Why Did Gair Rhydd Visit Israel and Palestine?

• To hear from people on the ground about the reality of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

•To encourage greater understanding of the complexities of the conflict to help us facilitate discussion about the situation upon returning home outside of the traditional media narrative.

•To prompt us to begin considering how discussions can move forward in the hopes of one day finding a solution to the conflict.

•To show us first-hand how fragile Israeli-Palestinian relations are to broaden our understanding of the struggles faced by all who are intimately affected by the conflict.

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This trip was facilitated by the Union of Jewish Students (UJS). They have been around since 1919, addressing the concerns of 8,500 Jewish Students in Universities. They aim to lead campaigns fighting prejudice, creating inclusive environments, and educating people on divisive issues. To find out more about the work UJS do, head over to their website.