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Warwick Volunteers Newsletter - Term 2 Week 10

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Volunteer of the Week winner

This week’s Volunteers of the Week are Chrysi Sergaki & Gurdaman Singh!

“Chrysi and Gurd really deserve recognition for the time and effort they put into helping not only Kenilworth Phab but as active volunteers for Warwick Youth Phab as well. As Club Night Officers for Warwick Youth Phab, they are responsible for planning and running activities at the weekly sessions… organising activities that engage the different age groups and cater to different interests. After clearing up and ensuring that all is well at the end of Warwick Youth Phab, they race over to wherever Kenilworth Phab is meeting, join in with activities and – most important – talk to members, encouraging them in whatever they are doing, and generally being friendly and taking time to interact with everyone. They are kind, helpful, generous with their time and are very good ambassadors for Warwick Volunteers. They are highly regarded and valued as friends by all members of Kenilworth Phab and the involvement and commitment of both to Phab is really commendable.”


Complete the Warwick Volunteers Survey - £100 Amazon Voucher Prize Draw

Help us to help you and be in with a chance of winning an Amazon voucher worth £100. Completing the survey gives the staff of Warwick Volunteers an insight into what volunteering opportunities you want, what works well already or what we could adapt to provide better services for you!

As you are a member of Warwick Volunteers, you are eligible, whether you have or have not volunteered. We rely on your answers to help us plan next year’s activities and it’s really helpful to know why people did or didn’t volunteer.

Please click here to take the survey. The survey closes at 10am on Tuesday 8th May 2018. Be sure to have your say by completing the survey!


Record your volunteering hours

If you volunteer 20 hours or more, you can get a Warwick Volunteers Certificate! You can download the Volunteering Log to fill in your volunteering hours over the term and then bring it into the office or email it in to us:

You will need to hand in your hours log before Friday 18th May (Term 3 Week 4) to receive your Warwick Volunteers certificate. Your hours need to be verified by a Project Leader or the key contact for your volunteering activity. To find out more visit:


Deadline for claiming expenses – Thursday 15 March

We want to make sure that you are never out of pocket when volunteering, so if you are volunteering for an activity organised by Warwick Volunteers, then we will happily reimburse all reasonable expenses. If you have any expenses that you have incurred during your volunteering that you need to claim, you need to do this by 4.30pm Thursday 15 March

For more information about eligibility and a form to fill in visit our expenses page


Warwick Volunteers vacation opening hours

The office will be open over the Easter Break from 10.00 am-12 noon Monday to Friday. If you are making a special journey to the Warwick Volunteers office out of these times, please contact us before to check the person you need to see is in on that day.

Email: or telephone: 02476 572763

This Week's Opportunities

ChemSoc WICS Conference – Monday 19 March

WICS is a student-led conference organised by ChemSoc that aims to encourage sixth formers to explore the sciences. Over 200 pupils from local schools have been invited to attend. The majority will have likely never experienced education in a university environment, so a range of activities have been organised to provide pupils with a snapshot of life at university.

Visit their website and see details of the activities:

The event takes place on Monday 19 March and ChemSoc are looking for volunteers to support by being event helpers, guides and sharing their university experiences with pupils. Volunteers can support for a full day or half day. Anyone is welcome to join, you do not need to be studying a science degree to get involved. Lunch, refreshments and a volunteer briefing will be provided on the day.

If you’d like to find out more or want to sign-up, please email:


Glow in the park - Saturday 7th April

Glow in the park is the ultimate night time neon 5km fun event for families & friends, in support to Birmingham’s Children Hospital. Taking place on Saturday 7th April in Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth.
Volunteers are needed to help marshal on route in the different zones (paint, foam, music etc), cheer on runners, assist the event team with setting up the events stand and packing away. They are looking for 30 volunteers, so it’s the perfect night out for your group of friends, class or workmates! Volunteers are needed approximately from 6pm until 11pm. Travel expenses are reimbursed up to £15, and volunteers will receive water and snacks.

To get involved, please contact Lucie O’Reill: lucie.o'

This is an external opportunity.


Easter volunteering

Are you staying on campus during the Easter break? We’re running some one-off volunteering days during the holidays to keep you involved in the local community!

Here is an overview of what’s on offer so far:

  • Wednesday 21 March - The London Road Project
  • Tuesday 10 April - Coventry Food Bank
  • Tuesday 17 April - Bring Back Guys Cliffe
  • Wednesday 18 April - Kings Hill Nursery

Visit to read more about the activities and book your place!


Eco Fun Day - Sunday 29th April

Eco Fun Day is organised by Action 21, a local environmental charity in Leamington, Sunday 29th April. This is the second year of the event which is a showcase for local environmental groups and organisations. Our theme this year is ‘Exploring Green Transport’ and we will have several different electric vehicles on display in Leamington. The event is organised around a family friendly walk or cycle ride along the river between St Nicholas Park, Warwick and The Pump Rooms, Leamington. Volunteers are needed to help marshal the walk from 10.30 am to 1pm. Travel expenses are reimbursed.

To get involved, please contact John Armstrong 01926 885347 or mobile 07977 002943 before Saturday 21st April.

This is an external opportunity.


Other Opportunities

Volunteering in Term 2

It is not too late to start volunteering! We have created a selection of projects managed by Warwick Volunteers which still welcome new volunteers in Term 2. No DBS checks are required for these projects. Click here to find out more


Help organise the Food and Culture Festival

The Food and Culture Festival will take place on 30th June 2018. It is aimed at strengthening community cohesion of the people who live and work in Coventry, it is a multicultural celebration of food and heritage. There’s a huge opportunity for student volunteers to get involved in this project including leaflet/poster design, leafleting, promoting project on social media, organising networking workshops, facilitating workshops delivery, setting up and running the event on the day.

If you would be interested in joining the planning team, please contact Noor Aziz:

This is an external opportunity.

food and culture

Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK are seeking volunteers to help at their Kenilworth shop as well as CRUK Community Champions to fundraise and raise awareness of the fantastic work they do.

Roles include: Community Champions, Stock processors, Customer service/sales assistants, Display and Visual Merchandising, Marketing and PR, Events Managers to plan awareness fundraising days.

To know more about the roles and get involved, contact the shop manager, Dorina Shannon-Gurche: Cancer Research Kenilworth, 56-58 Warwick Road, Kenilworth, CV8 1HH. Tel - 01926 851250. Or go to the Cancer Research online volunteer application form via their website:

This is an external opportunity.


Oxfam volunteer emergency collectors

When an emergency happens, like the Nepal Earthquake or Rohingya Crisis, Oxfam responds straight away. They are forming a team of volunteers in Coventry to hold collections immediately following humanitarian catastrophes. As a volunteer emergency collector, you’ll be joining a local collection team to collect donations from the public and raise awareness of Oxfam's emergency response.

You will always be at least two people together when collecting and for 2-3 hours at the time. Collections take place when a major disaster occurs, it is therefore not a volunteer position that will take up your time every week. There will be a voluntary team get together every month. The collections take place in venues ranging from shopping centres and train stations, to stadiums and theatres. Everyone is welcome and you don’t need any experience – you just need to be trustworthy, have energy, enthusiasm and a smile! There will be an induction and ongoing support. You will also need to be able to provide two people Oxfam can contact for character references.

For more information and to get involved, contact Annemette Bovbjerg Thøgersen:

This is an external opportunity.


Leamington Rugby Club Media Volunteers

The Leamington Rugby Club is looking for volunteers to help each week develop their media and communications during the rugby season. Tasks could include:

  • Recording/filming of 1st team games and then editing for publication on You Tube and DVD. This would also include doing a highlight - 1 minute long snap shot for publication via our Facebook and Twitter feeds.
  • Writing a match report for each 1st team game (and 2nds and 3rds if applicable) and sending the report to the local Courier / Observer newspaper on a weekly basis.
  • Doing player interviews for publication on You Tube.
  • Introducing sponsor logo's within publications on social media to enhance their brands.
  • Other ideas for promotion of Leamington Rugby Club on Facebook, Twitter, You Tube or local press.
  • Transport is provided during away games.

If you are interested, please contact Richard Watkins: or 07745281323.

This is an external opportunity.


Warwickshire Pride

Warwickshire Pride are recruiting enthusiastic volunteers in a number of roles to help them continue their vital work with and for the LGBT+ community. The following roles are currently available:
- Proud Youth Drop-in Volunteer
- Proud Parents Support Group Volunteer
- Warwickshire Pride Festival Volunteer
Experience is not essential and you do not need to be LGBT+ to volunteer with them. They simply want enthusiastic, open minded people to join their team. Training is provided and expenses are reimbursed by the organisation.

To find out more about the roles and apply, please visit:

This is an external opportunity.


Scouting – Have you got what it takes?

Scouting is one of the world’s largest youth organisations, allowing young people aged 6 – 25 to take part in new adventures, challenges and activities. You could lead the way by becoming a leader at a group local to you. Be prepared to develop your communication, organisational and leadership skills and make a positive impact in your community.

Visit the Scouts webpage to find out more:
Or Get in touch with Scott at with your questions.

This is an external opportunity.


Help organise Coventry Pride

This year, Coventry Pride will take place on 9 - 10 June 2018. They are looking for volunteers to help in various roles from Event Stewards, Stage managers, Artist Liaison, Social Media and communication volunteers. If you would like to become a volunteer or get more information about the roles available please click here to fill in their online form.

For more info about the event and Coventry Pride's activities, visit their website:

This is an external opportunity.


Kenilworth Arts Festival 2018

Are you passionate about contemporary music, literature or visual arts and keen to make a positive difference in the local community? Creative, reliable and enthusiastic people are needed to join the Kenilworth Arts Festival team of volunteers as they start planning for Kenilworth Arts Festival 2018.

The festival takes place in September, but volunteers are needed help with programming, applying for funding, marketing, liaising with artists and venues - pretty much any job you can imagine related to a festival is an option!

Kenilworth Arts Festival is a week-long gathering of writers, musicians and other creative artists. For one week, the historic town of Kenilworth is transformed into a hive of creative exploration through a celebration of art, imagination, innovation and community.

To find out more and start getting involved, please contact:

This is an external opportunity.


Current opportunities with Culture Coventry

Are you enthusiastic, outgoing and able to engage with people of all ages and backgrounds? Are you passionate about art and history and do you enjoy talking to people? Do you want to gain experience in the cultural sector?

The following volunteering opportunities are now available with Culture Coventry:

  • Events Volunteers (all sites): Read more
  • Family Learning Assistant at the Herbert Museum (ongoing): Read more

If you have any queries or wish to get involved, please contact Rupert Hedley, Volunteer Coordinator:

This is an external opportunity.


Volunteering with Coventry Archives

Are you passionate about library and archive material that has a rich historical context? Coventry Archives opened in 2008 in their current premises within Herbert Art Gallery and Museum. They hold a huge range of primary and secondary source material providing insights into the history of the city and its citizens from medieval times to the present day.

They are looking for volunteers for the following roles:

The roles are quite flexible and all training is provided. If you are interested in the role, please contact Rupert Hedley at before the deadline of Friday 23rd of February. They are running a recruitment day on Tuesday 13th of March 2018.

This is an external opportunity.


British Heart Foundation - Charity Shops Volunteers

The British Heart Foundation is looking for volunteers in Warwick and Leamington Spa to help in a variety of exciting roles within the local shops. Volunteers can get involved as a department specialist looking after a department within the shop - ideal for book lovers, fashionistas or collectibles enthusiasts; Or if you are looking for a challenge why not join us as a stock generation volunteer or volunteer recruiter, making business to business contacts, building relationships with community groups and maintaining online adverts - and they are always looking for people who want to help out on their shop floor.

They can reimburse reasonable travel expenses, offer flexible hours. To find out about joining the team at the Warwick shop call: 01926 497279 or email To get involved at the Leamington branch call 01926 831317 or email

This is an external opportunity.


Get Active Mentors

Warwick Sports are looking for volunteers to join their new Get Active Mentors programme. Get Active Mentors are a team of activity champions - people who are already active and want to gain skills and experience mentoring others and supporting them to be more active. As part of the role you will receive training and support, gain mentoring experience, develop key employability skills and be rewarded for the hours you work.

Click here to learn more and register you interest.

This is an external opportunity. Warwick Sports have their own rewards system, so hours volunteered on these activities cannot count towards the Warwick Volunteers Certificate.


KidsOut – World Stories Project

KidsOut are recruiting volunteers for their project WorldStories, where stories are translated into the 20 most common languages spoken in the UK, for children to enjoy for free. They are looking for volunteers who can speak the following languages: Urdu, Polish, Panjabi, Bengali, Somali, Gujarati, Turkish and Romanian.

Translators - World Stories project: help translate stories from English or/ and into English
Volunteer Sound Engineer: produce and edit audio books
Story Writers - World Stories project: write children’s folk tales from around the world.

For more information and to get involved, please contact

This is an external opportunity.



Crisis is a national charity for homeless people. They offer ground-breaking housing, health, education and employment services to thousands of homeless people across the UK every year. Crisis is looking for volunteers to support their services in Coventry, for the following roles:

Classroom Assistants
Event support
Administration Assistant

Click here to see the list of opportunities available and read the role descriptions.

To apply for a role, please click on the role description, or contact Derryn Ciesla, their Volunteers Coordinator, for more information:

This is an external opportunity.


External Opportunities

Warwick Volunteers cannot be held responsible for external volunteering opportunities advertised, but we do make every effort to ensure that all the information we publish is accurate. We advise volunteers to use their own judgement when selecting potential opportunities, and to check all details concerning prospective volunteering activity with the organisation involved. Please make sure that you have received all necessary training and information regarding your own health and safety before commencing volunteering. Volunteers need to make their own way to external opportunities and check arrangements for travelling with the organisations directly. Warwick Volunteers do not pay travel expenses nor arrange transport for external opportunities.

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Tuesday: 1.00pm-4.30pm
Wednesday: 9.30am-4.30pm
Thursday: 9.30am-4.30pm
Friday: 9.30am-3.30pm

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