Photos courtesy of Kenilworth Phab
Come down and join us at the Volunteering Fair on Friday 4th October from 9:00am - 15:30pm in the Rootes Building (Panorama Room).
Welcome to the Kenilworth PHAB Project Webpage! If you're looking for a chance to form part of a student team, enhance your volunteering skills or even just make some new friends, then make sure you join the PHAB family. Kenilworth PHAB is a friendly club for disabled and abled adults that meet up on a weekly basis to socialise and have fun by taking part in events and activities such as Bowling, Salsa Dancing, Pub Pool, Drumming, Hoy Bingo, Arts & Crafts, Meals and many more. Read the sections below for more details and contact us to start volunteering right away!
Initially, volunteers will be introduced to all the members of Kenilworth PHAB and are encouraged to get to know some of the members by simply being friendly and taking the time to chat. Right from the start, volunteers can aid those members that need assistance by helping them carry out certain activities.
Overtime, volunteers may want to help the project leaders organise a weekly session for PHAB, in particular those that require collaboration with an on-campus society. For example, in the past, the University and Kenilworth PHAB have together arranged Salsa Dancing, Drumming and even Illusion Workshops. This year, one of the on-campus sessions has already been arranged with Chemistry Outreach and will involve members taking part or viewing a variety of interesting scientific experiments!
Once volunteers feel more confident and ready, they can choose to become even more involved by perhaps taking on some responsibilities such as helping with the planning and management of the club. But remember, don't feel pressured to go the extra step, all you have to do is turn up to sessions and be friendly and the members will appreciate your presence.
How can you get involved?
If you're interested in attending PHAB sessions and want to get involved right away, firstly fill out the following sign-up form which registers you as a Warwick Volunteer:
Once you've completed the form, all you have to do is sign-up for a session by filling out our online PHAB form below which will be updated on a weekly basis. This form will be open as from Sunday's at midday (12pm) and will close on Wednesday's at midday (12pm). This gives ample time for students to register their interest for the upcoming session, and also gives the project leaders enough time to organise transport. Session details will be available on the weekly form and project leaders will also send out an email to you with more information. The easiest way to ensure you don't miss out on anything is by staying in touch with the project leaders and the club via the following:
- Join our Facebook Page 'Kenilworth Phab Volunteers'.
- Contact the Project Leaders at 'email@example.com'.
Our Project Leaders are enthusiastic, friendly and caring individuals that will always be willing to help out! This is what they look like:
Rhian Colton (Chem) - Left
Paul Gomez (AccyFin) - Right
Location and Travel
Warwick Volunteers will usually meet up on Wednesday's at approximately 19:15pm at the car park 8A (outside old sports centre). We will travel together either by minibus or taxi to Warwick, Leamington, Coventry or Kenilworth depending on where the PHAB session is held. All travel costs are reimbursed. This also applies for transport back to Campus. Please note that if you live off-campus and would rather travel by bus on your own accord to the location, your travel cost can still be reimbursed as long as you keep your bus ticket/receipt.
Kenilworth PHAB plans its activities some months in advance giving volunteers the opportunity to pick and choose which sessions to attend.
Time Commitment and Skills Required
Sessions run practically every Wednesday between 7:30pm and 9:30pm unless otherwise informed by the project leaders. Volunteering is flexible though meaning you are not in any way required to attend all sessions, just make sure you fill out a sign-up form for the weeks you do intend to participate in. Nevertheless, we do recommend volunteers to try and make a regular commitment to the club so that you can really get to know the members.
No previous experience is required. All we ask is that you are friendly, enthusiastic and willing to chat. If you be yourself and come to sessions with a positive attitude there is no doubt the members will take a liking to you.
Why should you get involved?
As a volunteer you are immediately welcomed as a member of the club. It is an opportunity to get to know the area around the university and contribute to the local community. This is a relaxed and friendly way to volunteer, being out with friends and having fun, all whilst making a real contribution to local people. By dedicating a little time to understanding the needs and enhancing the lives of others, you may find that they make a difference in and enhance your own. Kenilworth PHAB's members always appreciate the presence and help of students. It's likely that you will start off by attending sessions as a volunteer, and will eventually end up attending sessions as a friend who just wants to meet up with their other friends amongst the PHAB family.
You can read below a previous Warwick Volunteer's blog regarding PHAB:
WE LOOK FORWARD TO MEETING YOU SOON!