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January 23, 2015

One off volunteering. Give a little time. Make a big impact.

one-off volunteering graphic

Let’s face it, despite our best intentions it isn’t always possible to commit to regular volunteering. Sometimes our study and work commitments put a stop to even the most steadfast volunteering ambitions. If you find yourself in this position rest assured that Warwick Volunteers can still offer you opportunities to get involved in some volunteering action.

Feedback from our student and staff members tells us that you would like more chances to get involved with flexible, low commitment volunteering opportunities. That’s why we have created a brand new programme of one-off volunteering events especially for you.

This week we visited the Growing Communities project. It's an amazing community garden built by local volunteers and it utilises unwanted materials. In just four hours we were able make a big impact. We built a new wormery, painted a huge shed, cleaned up the hot house, and helped to construct and line a new fish pond. Everything needed to take part, including wellington boots, waterproof jackets and gardening gloves were provided by Warwick Volunteers. We even provided free transport from campus.

Growing Communities Shed

Some of our one-off volunteering opportunities are so convenient that they actually take place here on campus and allow you to drop in for as little or as long as you are able to. In December, around 40 volunteers gave a little time in the SU Atrium to help our friends at YMCA transform unwanted junk into upcycled Christmas trees and decorations that were donated to the community.

volunteers make an upcycled Christmas tree

Our members tell us that volunteering is a great way to give back to the local community whilst making new friends, increasing confidence and developing skills. We have many more one-off volunteering opportunities coming up, including a Canal Clean Up in Leamington spa, a range of decorating, gardening and mural painting projects at local primary schools, and another trip to the fantastic Growing Communities Garden.

Getting involved is easy! Just look out for one-off volunteering opportunities in our weekly email newsletter. If you are not yet a member it’s easy to sign up. Just email your student number to volunteers@warwick.ac.uk. It’s free to join. You can also find more information on our Facebook page.


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