In November we, the Volunteering Team, got crafty! We were at both City and Headingley Campus with the Festive Crafternoon, a micro-volunteering event of creative activities for anyone to get involved in. Our wonderful team of student volunteers lead the craft sessions, helping everyone to get stuck in no matter what level of artistic ability. Without them the afternoon wouldn’t have been possible so a big thank you to all who helped us on the day.
Students gave a small amount of time, as little as 10 minutes to craft some fantastic greeting cards and crackers, as well as crocheting some delicate snowflakes and Christmas tree decorations. Many found it to be a welcome break from working on assignments or catching up with classwork, commenting on how relaxing and therapeutic the crafting was – now I know why adult colouring is on trend! Those who were keen to try crocheting also wished for more knitting and crochet events on campus, so watch this space.
However, we weren’t just having festive fun as all the items we made were donated to the charity Day One. Day One are currently based at Leeds General Infirmary and support patients of major trauma injury, assisting those affected in regaining the best quality of life. Our craft items were sold on their winter stall to help fundraise for their great cause.
This event is part of our micro-volunteering service offered by the SU Volunteering Team. Micro-Volunteering is where you can commit a very short amount of time, anything from 1 to 30 minutes, to making a big impact. Activities can range from signing petitions, playing online games or getting creative. Micro-volunteering means that volunteering is accessible to everyone, as you can get involved regardless of your busy schedule. With the use of technology especially, students can volunteer remotely – even in your pyjamas from home!
Keep an eye out for more exciting Micro-Volunteering events on campus during Refreshers and Give It a Go week, starting in Semester 2. If you have your own idea for a quick volunteering experience, you can email Rhea Halsey, our Volunteer Coordinator for Brokerage and Micro-Volunteering at email@example.com as she is always open to your suggestions! To keep up to date with our latest events and news, why not give our Facebook page a like?