Student Volunteering Cardiff SPRING EDITION Co-ordinator goes the extra mile for SVC! Ed Ellis, co-ordinator of the Week- from my time at Cardiff have enders Project, ran the Bath Half been from volunteering. I Marathon earlier this month to wanted to contribute something raise money for Student Volun- more to SVC before I graduated.’ teering Cardiff (SVC). After weeks Ed has been part of SVC of training Ed took on the chal- through volunteering on two pro- lenge of his first half marathon jects and co-ordinating the and completed the course in less Weekenders project this year. than 2 hours. The money he raised will go to- Still smiling as he wards the running of SVC’s pro- crossed the finish line, Ed was jects and improving the experi- happy to have done it comment- ence for volunteers. The whole ing, ‘I really enjoyed it, it was of the SVC team would like to great fun and I’m glad all the say a huge thank you to Ed for training paid off! SVC is a charity I everything he has done for the have been involved in for 3 years charity, and to wish him all the and some of my best memories best for the future. Ed, still smiling, at the end of the race Chair, Rachel Payne, reflects on SVC 2008-2009 The year got off to a great start over £800 in sponsorship, This year has been a with the co-ordinator training Speakeasy, a night of live music, most successful and enjoyable weekend at Gregynog followed by DJs and dancers raised over year for all those involved in SVC the annual Volunteers Fayre, £500. The Executive Committee with the overwhelming commit- which was a very successful! In also organised many socials in- ment and dedication of the volun- October, SVC gave a presentation cluding the annual Winter Ball teers, Co-ordinators, Executive to Assembly Members and mem- and many pub quizzes, which Committee and team of staff. I bers of the wider community fo- were enjoyed by all. In total, feel very lucky to have been part cusing on the valuable work of £1865 was raised in socials and of such a successful Executive volunteers as well as the history fundraisers this year, which will Committee as well as enjoying a and positive impact of SVC. It was contribute significantly to the great year with SVC. a great opportunity to the raise running of the SVC projects. the awareness of SVC in the com- munity. In December, the Execu- tive Committee entered a Student Enterprise competition and won the community award for their design, winning £200 for SVC. Throughout the year, SVC has enjoyed many successful fundraisers including a charity gift wrap, the Big Sleep Out and a Christmas Market stall as well as the Fun Run and Speakeasy dur- ing Student Volunteering Week in February. The Fun Run raised Proudly sponsored by The Exec, 2008—2009 SPRING EDITION STUDENT VOLUNTEERING CARDIFF My Year Volunteering On Home and Away Home and Away in- able to do on a regular basis. This stantly appealed to me as I would helps to build self confidence and be able to interact with a child communication skills. who has learning or physical diffi- The opportunities Home culties in a recreational environ- and Away can provide for children ment. I was placed with a 12 year is only limited by the imagination old boy who had a physical dis- of the volunteers who work on it Co-ordinators ability. So far we have been Ice and the benefits of such a great Skating, Bowling, The Arcade, project are clear, which is why I’ve Needed Swimming and countless Pizza signed up for next year as well! Hut Trips, to name just a few! By Edd Gudgeon We still need Co-ordinators for I can honestly say joining the following projects . Home and Away this year was one of the best decisions I have made as I have had so much fun Cathays High, Fairwater Gar- from day one. The best thing dening, WATCH, Wednesday about the project is not the fact Club & The Hospice Buddy that we get to go on great trips Scheme. throughout the Cardiff area (although this is a bonus), it is the fact that we truly make a dif- If you’re interested, visit the ference to the children we work SVC office with as we allow them to do ac- (3rd Floor, Students Union) tivities that they would not be Wednesday Club How volunteering has helped my career Sophie Priestnall, an ex SVC volun- A primary school. Wednesday Club is a fun teer, discusses how her time at My ability to think SVC has helped her in her role as quickly and use initiative was and action-packed after a Teaching Assistant: greatly improved by working with school club for 7-11 year a child on the Home and Away olds in Glan-yr-Afon Primary I feel that the main skill Project. I was often placed in that volunteering with SVC has School. Through fun activi- provided me with is: ‘learning to challenging situations where I ties ranging from sports like had to act quickly to maintain the think outside of the box’, which child’s safety, an experience bench ball and rounders to admittedly is very cliché but never which also taught me to put the orienteering around the the less true. When faced with a child’s needs first. school, the club is a hive of child making a run for it at a swim- Both Primary ming pool (Home and Away) you energy. Alongside this the quickly learn to think of a practical School Tutoring and Techniquest kids take part in a range of relate directly to my job and pro- but interesting solution to the vided me with excellent opportu- activities from a weekly problems. I volunteered on Home nities to understand how to suc- quiz (with prizes!) to arts and Away, Primary School Tutoring cessfully support the learning and crafts and they even go and Techniquest at SVC. All of process and run a lesson. I feel which provided me with different on an all expenses paid end but equally valuable skills, which that being able to confidently of year trip. draw on these skills and experi- are transferable to my current job ences in my interview definitely It allows kids to have as a Teaching Assistant in helped me to secure the job and a great time in a safe, undoubtedly helps me on a day friendly and welcoming en- to day basis. vironment. Wednesday For many students their Club, through its energetic volunteering may not relate so explicitly to their future jobs as and welcoming group of mine did. However, I do believe volunteers, has been a that the skills I have gained great addition to the local would be invaluable in any role community and Glan-yr- and in an increasingly competi- Afon Primary school. tive labour market. SPRING EDITION STUDENT VOLUNTEERING CARDIFF End of Year Home and Away Party AGM and Award Ceremony On Saturday 25th April, being a particular favourite. SVC held their end of year Children were then treated Home and Away party at to party food, before an Cathays Methodist church. exciting game of pass the Volunteers and children on parcel. the project came along for The party was a the party, which was tropi- huge success with all the cal island themed. children enjoying them- Children were kept selves. It was also a great entertained by a range of opportunity for children art and craft activities, in- and volunteers to say good- SVC Exec & staff with Deputy Vice Chancellor Prof.Peter Blood, cluding pebble painting, bye before the project fin- Jenny Willott MP, Professor the Baroness Ilora Finlay, Jenny snake making, t-shirt paint- ished for another year. Randerson AM & University Vice President Bill John. ing, face painting and A big thank-you to mask making. A games everyone who helped with Friday 24th April, was the During the cere- room was also set up, with the party and the volun- SVC AGM and award cere- mony, Tim Banks, an ex- the building blocks and teers who gave up their mony for this years co- SVC volunteer gave a giant snakes and ladders time to attend. ordinators. speech on how his volun- The AGM wel- teering had helped him in comed in next years Execu- his current role, as a cen- tive Committee. Votes were tre manager at Headway, taken for the contested Cardiff, before Professor positions of Chair and Vice the Baroness Finlay of Chair, with Edd Gudgeon Llandaff, SVC’s Patron, being voted in as Chair and gave an inspiring speech Martin Engel taking the to co-ordinators about the place of Vice Chair. importance of their volun- tary work to the Commu- Co-ordinators then nity . Rachel Payne, Chair attended an award cere- of SVC then closed the mony in which they were ceremony, thanking all co- presented with certificates ordinators for their dedication. Your New Executive Committee Chair, Edd Gudgeon On Friday 24th April, SVC 11 in an after school unteer at St Monica’s members voted Edd Gud- club. I then co-ordinated every now and again geon in as their new Ex- this, which really allowed which has been great ecutive Committee Chair. me to become more in- fun and really reward- So heres just a bit more volved in SVC. ing. This information about next This year I took year I am running for years Chair. my SVC’ing to another the position of Chair as level by joining the Ex- I believe my experience ecutive Committee as as an exec member will My name is Edward Gud- Social Secretary and I come in really useful. I geon and I am studying have not looked back. know the way SVC runs Physics with Medical Phys- Throughout the year I and the time require- My aims for ics. I have been at Cardiff have organised many ments and enthusiasm next year are to help University for three years socials which have grown needed to be an active boost the growth of SVC, and the best thing about significantly compared to exec member, of which and build on its already my time here has most previous years thanks to I am fully willing to give. substantial reputation definitely been the work I the work of our co- I believe my experi- within the University and have done for SVC, which ordinators and the work ences throughout my the UK. I also hope to has given me so much. put in by the entire exec. time at university will further the success of In my first year I This year I have help me deal with any fundraising events and volunteered on the St also taken on a new pro- difficulties that may socials, which are vital Monica’s project which ject, Home and Away, as face both SVC and the both in strengthening involved working with kids a volunteer and still vol- exec in the upcoming SVC and the work we do between the ages of 8 and year. in the local community. Visit: www.svcardiff.org for more information.
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