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All of the Warwick Volunteers Exec and staff in the office would like to thank you for your support and enthusiasm this term and wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Office Vacation opening times

The office will be open over the Christmas vacation from 10.00 am-12 noon Monday to Friday until Friday 22 December, with the exception of Tuesday 12 December, and will reopen on Wednesday 3 January 2018.

If you are making a special journey to the Warwick Volunteers office out of term time, please contact us before to check the person you need to see is in on that day.

Email: volunteers@warwick.ac.uk or telephone: 02476 572763

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Deadline for claiming expenses – Thursday 7 December

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 7 December.

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

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Log your volunteering hours

If you have volunteered 20 or more hours with Warwick Volunteers this term and leave the University at the end of the month you can receive a WV certificate. To receive a certificate you will need to:

  1. Fill in your volunteering hours Download the Volunteering Log
  2. Get your hours verified by a Project Leader or the key contact for your volunteering activity.
  3. Bring the completed form to the office or email it in to us at: volunteers@warwick.ac.uk

The deadline for submitting your hours log is Term 3 Week 4. For students staying at Warwick the whole academic year, certificates will be issued in Term 3.

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Join the DBS update service

If you’ve done a DBS Check this term, we invite you to join the update service. This will keep your DBS certificate up to date and allows organisations (with your permission) to check a certificate online in the future. This is optional.

More information on the Update Service

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This Week's Opportunities

Persian/Dari speaker required

We have received a request from the Westwood Academy for a volunteer to support a student preparing to take their Persian language GCSE. The days and times you will be volunteering are flexible as and when you are available as they would be grateful for any time someone would be able to give. The academy is a short walk from campus.

If you are interested in this opportunity, then please email sarah.l.newell@warwick.ac.uk

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ChemSoc WICS Conference – Monday 11 December

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.

  • Lectures presented by academics are planned to give students a feel for the style of university teaching; the content is intended to inspire with wide ranging topics.
  • The Experience fair provides students with the chance to talk informally with students and alumni to ask any questions they want answered.
  • PhD & Masters presentations are designed to show sixth formers that they do have the potential and chance to achieve in the sciences.
  • ChemSoc Outreach will also be demonstrating various experiments; the sciences aren’t all about reading textbooks!

The event takes place on Monday 11 December 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 (8.30-18.00) or half day (8.30-13.30 or 13.30-18.00). 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: wics@warwickchemsoc.co.uk

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#givewhatyoucan – Christmas Food Drive

This Christmas several people across campus are collecting donations for two local charities: Coventry Haven and Coventry Open Christmas

To help in this cause you can pop your donations into the Warwick Volunteers office or one of the other collection areas listed on their website: bit.ly/WarwickCC. Suggested donations include food items, bedding and clothing and unopened toiletries (see list of suggested donations). The idea is to gather as much as we can by Friday 15th December so that it can be donated in time for Christmas 2017.

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Christmas Volunteering

We’ve put together a list of festive volunteering opportunities and charity events in Coventry and Warwickshire; from helping the homeless to supporting winter craft activities for local children, there’s a range of opportunities to get involved in this winter!

Visit our website to see the current opportunities

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Other Opportunities

Volunteering in Term 1

Many volunteering projects start in Term 1 and don't need you to commit on the long term! We have created a selection of projects managed by Warwick Volunteers with which you can start volunteering in Term 1. No DBS checks are required for these projects. You can check the project pages for more details about how to get involved.

Visit the Volunteering in Term 1 Page

Keep an eye on our newsletters as well, as many external opportunities advertised there start within the next weeks.

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Mongolian Speaker required

A local primary school in Coventry have requested a native Mongolian speaker to assist a newly arrived nursery aged child. The child attends the nursery in the afternoon. Days and times to be arranged. Travel to the school will be reimbursed. If you are interested in this opportunity please contact Sarah.l.Newell@warwick.ac.uk

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Historic Coventry Trust – Charterhouse volunteers

Historic Coventry Trust is a registered charity and company that was launched in 2015 to acquire, restore and reuse Coventry’s heritage buildings, preserving them for future generations and contributing to Coventry’s economic, social and cultural enhancement.

There are looking for volunteers to help promote and preserve historic sites in Coventry. Current opportunities at the Charterhouse include helping to maintain the gardens – they run a regular Thursday gardening session from 1.00 – 3.00pm and assisting with open days and community events.

To find out more about Historic Coventry Trust and their volunteering opportunities, visit: https://www.historiccoventry.org.uk/volunteer/

For more information about the roles and how to get involved, contact Jo Truslove: jo@historiccoventry.org.uk

This is an external opportunity.

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Mary Ann Evans Hospice Charity shop

Mary Ann Evans Hospice need volunteers to help and serve customers in their newly opened shop in Coventry City Centre. No experience is required as full training is provided. Commitment is flexible, morning shifts are from 9am – 1pm and afternoon shifts from 1-5pm. Travel expenses are reimbursed by the organisation, they also supply tea/coffee& biscuits. The shop has a happy & pleasant working environment

Please telephone Geraldine 02476553539 for more information

This is an external opportunity.

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Coventry Copsewood F.C. football club

Coventry Copsewood F.C. are a football club based in Coventry, West midlands. Currently they are members of the Midlands football league division one. They are looking to recruit new, upcoming and reliable volunteers to help with selling tickets, distributing flyer, match day stewarding, cleaning and general help for the community. Coventry Copsewood are also currently looking for more inspiring writers, graphic designers, programme contributors, photographers, videographers.

The perks involved are a chance to go to away matches and support your team, improve your candidate individuality for your personal statement for university or employment, help boost your CV and gain some useful life skills and being part of a community.

No experiences needed. Just commitment, passion and willingness to learn new things. Time commitment is flexible, however help is always needed on a Saturday and Tuesday.

To get involved, contact Nathan Sands: blankexpressionzine@gmail.com or 07517656518.

This is an external opportunity.

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Warwick Youth Phab

Warwick Youth Phab is a student led and student run youth group for disabled and non-disabled children, with the aim to provide engaging weekly sessions for everyone to socialise and have
fun in a non-discriminatory environment. We run every Wednesdays from 6-8pm during term time at Westbury Centre, Westlea Road, Leamington Spa, CV31 3JE. We normally depart from campus at 5pm as a group, but make sure to keep your receipt as we are able to refund the bus ticket!

Each week promises an interesting theme from "Under the Sea" to "Lego", during which we put on a range of themed arts and crafts along with indoor sports such as hockey, football, a chillout area with table tennis, pool and most importantly lots of music! The unique selling point of Warwick Youth Phab is we get University clubs and societies in to host sessions for example, Squash, Engineering Society, Salsa Society, Warwick Wolves American Football and Drumming Society to name but a few. We also love to go on trips around the local area, including Cadbury World and Bowling, and we have lots more planned for this year.

We are always looking for new volunteers to come along to our club-nights, it is a great way to make friends, relax and truly make a difference in the lives of the local community. When you volunteer with us, all we ask is that you spend time with the kids and have fun. We don't expect you to come every week, simply to join the "Warwick Youth Phab Volunteers" group on Facebook and sign up to the Google Sheet each week.

If you would like any further information, or are part of a club or society who would like to get involved with this incredible youth group, please do not hesitate to email us: warwickyouthphab.volunteers@outlook.com

This is an external opportunity.

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Sense – Get Out There

Want to volunteer to make a difference, meet new interesting people while engaging in a wide range of fun activities? The GOT group hosts activities for Young people 6-25 with visual and/or hearing and/ or communication needs in the Warwickshire area at evenings, weekends and school holidays. We host Kayaking, rock climbing, dance workshops and many other fun activities. If you would like to make a difference by support young people to access their local community then contact- Heather Grimes GOT group co-ordinator on heather.grimes@sense.org.uk for more information.

Visit their project page to learn more

This is an external opportunity.

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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:
https://www2.warwick.ac.uk/about/community/volunteers/volunteering/ssago/

Or Get in touch with Scott at uowscouting@gmail.com with your questions.

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LWS Night Shelter

LWS Night Shelter is a not-for-profit organisation, set up to provide food and shelter for the homeless and vulnerably housed in Leamington Spa and the surrounding area. They are looking for volunteers to help for one shift or more. The shelter opens on Friday and Saturday nights, and volunteer can help in the evening, stay over or help in the morning.

Read more about the roles and how to get involved

This is an external opportunity.

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Pump Room Gardens Restoration Project – Social Media Volunteer

The Friends of the Pump Room Gardens, in Leamington Spa, would like a volunteer to help maintain their Facebook, Twitter and Wordpress accounts. These accounts are vital tools for keeping the local community informed about the ongoing restoration project. Working with the Communications Lead Volunteer, you will post updates on the project and promote events and activities in the Pump Room Gardens. Full training will be provided as necessary. Email prgproject@warwickdc.gov.uk or check out their web page for more information.

This is an external opportunity.

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Coventry Museums – new volunteering opportunities

Coventry Museums are looking for volunteers for the following roles:

You can see the many other roles currently available with Coventry Museums on our website: https://warwick.ac.uk/about/community/volunteers/volunteering/coventry-museums/

This is an external opportunity.

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Coventry Chess Academy

Coventry Chess Academy are a social enterprise which teaches chess to children aged six to twelve years of age. They aim to demonstrate how chess can provide children with skills that will empower them in and outside the classroom. Volunteer coaches are recruited on a rolling basis to teach chess and supervise the club's members during sessions on Saturdays. The period of commitment is flexible.

Visit their page on our website to find out more and how to get involved.

This is an external opportunity.

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Coventry Winter Night Shelter

The Coventry Winter Night Shelter provides rough sleepers with support, a hot meal, a safe and warm bed for the night. They are now recruiting volunteers for this winter and are organising 2 volunteer training sessions, on Thursday 9th and 16th November. These training and awareness raising events are designed to give potential volunteers a first approach to homelessness in Coventry, how the project works and how they can get involved. Learn more about the project and the training sessions.

This is an external opportunity.

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KidsOut – World Stories Project

KidsOut’s mission is to help to transform the lives of disadvantaged children and young people nationally by providing fun opportunities that work to significantly enhance their wellbeing and outlook for a happier future. They are recruiting volunteers for their new project WorldStories http://teacher.worldstories.co.uk/ws-login where stories are translated into the 20 most common languages spoken in the UK, for children to enjoy for free.

For more information and to get involved, please contact Bianca.Codescu@kidsout.org.uk

This is an external opportunity.

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Zoё’s Place Baby Hospices – fundraising volunteers

Zoё’s Place Baby Hospices provide palliative respite and end of life care to babies and infants aged from birth to five years suffering from life-limiting or life-threatening conditions. They are looking for volunteers to help with money collections, flyering or wearing the mascot costume in Coventry City Centre by the Belgrade Theatre on:

Wednesday 22 November from 3.30pm (Coventry Lights Switch on Celebrations)
Saturday 2 December from 12pm and 4pm (Pantomime)

Contact Elly Petrucci for more information: elly.petrucci@zoes-place.org.uk or via Facebook on https://www.facebook.com/groups/434722433568398/

This is an external opportunity.

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Free Radio Cash for Kids Mission Christmas

Free Radio Cash for Kids is a grant giving charity, supporting sick & disadvantaged children across the West Midlands, including those who are living in poverty, subject to neglect or abuse or living with an illness or disability. They want to make sure every child wakes up on Christmas morning with a present, and are looking for volunteers to help collect and sort Christmas gifts for children living in Coventry and package them ready for collection by local housing associations / children's services. They will also need some great pictures each day for use on their social media channels and there may be some filming on site for their media channels which volunteers may be able to assist with / star in.

Volunteers are needed on the following days in Coventry City Centre (near Broadgate):

23rd, 28th and 30th November
5th, 7th, 12th, 14th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st and 22nd December

You can help on one day or more. Shifts are either 10am – 1pm or, 1pm – 4pm or you could choose to join them all day from 10am – 4pm.
If you can help with one or more shifts, please contact cashforkids@freeradio.co.uk or call 0121 566 5236.

This is an external opportunity.

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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.

Kenilworth Arts Festival is a week-long gathering of writers, musicians and other creative artists. It is at once a series of unique events and collectively an extraordinary experience. 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.

The festival is organised entirely by volunteers. To find out more and start getting involved, please contact: info@kenilworthartsfestival.co.uk

This is an external opportunity.

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Coventry Santa Tracker in Canley - Wednesday 20th December

Father Christmas will come round the streets of Canley with his sleigh and volunteers are needed to escort him along his route and help Rotary Club Coventry fundraise for local charities! From 5.30 - 8.30pm.

If you can help please contact Leanne on 07909333010 or on her email address leannebeverley@hotmail.co.uk

Find out more about Coventry Santa Tracker

This is an external opportunity.

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Help organise the Pint of Science festival

The public engagement team has been working in partnership with Coventry University to bring the first Pint of Science festival to Coventry from 14-16th May 2018. Pint of Science is an opportunity for researchers to speak to the general public about their work in a creative and engaging way – and share a pint together. They are currently looking for volunteers to help organise and promote their events, seek out speakers, and meet and greet the public on the night. Time commitment is flexible.

For more information and to get involved, please visit www.warwick.ac.uk/pintofscience and register your interest before 31st January 2018.

This is an external opportunity.

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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.

Warwick Volunteers Office Level One, SUHQ
Monday: 1.00pm-4.30pm
Tuesday: 1.00pm-4.30pm
Wednesday: 9.30am-4.30pm
Thursday: 9.30am-4.30pm
Friday: 9.30am-3.30pm

Telephone: 024 7657 2763 or Email: volunteers@warwick.ac.uk
Website: www.warwick.ac.uk/volunteers

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