Tag Archives: Volunteering

17 March 2015 - 10:10 am Grab your bucket and run into a beach full of opportunities

At the time of writing this, I am about to leave USE to go onto maternity leave. But as well as spending loads of time with my new born, I have been thinking about making the most of my year by making a bucket list of all the things that I have been wanting to do for ages but because of working full time or just not getting round to it, it just hasn’t happened. Continue reading “Grab your bucket and run into a beach full of opportunities” »

17 February 2015 - 4:50 pm E is for….

If it isn’t one E word (enterprise) that I go on about, it is another one, employability.

We all know that the graduate market is highly competitive and you need to be able to stand out from the crowd. The way I like to describe this is by thinking of a cake: your degree is a great solid base that has got the essential knowledge that you need to do the job (or in a cake sense, you need the sponge to be a cake) but it is the things that you do on top of your degree that makes you more attractive to employers (and for me, the sprinkles, toppings and anything else you can fit on the cake makes it sooo much more attractive). Continue reading “E is for….” »

30 May 2014 - 11:17 am Summer – what are you doing?

I FINISHED MY DEGR- sorry, I got a bit excited. But yes, I have actually finished formal education forever, unless I venture back for a masters (probably unlikely). Apologies if you’re reading this and you’ve got numerous exams left but keep going, there’s really not long left! You will soon be free from getting up at 7 to secure yourself a place in the IC. Free from spending £10 a day on snacks from Sainsburys to keep yourself motivated (“if I read another lecture I’ll allow myself a cookie – or four…”). You’ll soon be free from textbooks, MOLE and exam hall stresses and ready to enjoy all three months of summer. You probably already have plenty of plans for summer but my question to you is this – if money wasn’t an issue, what would you do with your summer?

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20 September 2013 - 10:08 am Are you socially driven?

Have you got an idea that could make a difference to the local community? Or want to learn more about what a social enterprise is? The Lab is back and is ready to inspire you and give you the skills to make your idea happen. Continue reading “Are you socially driven?” »

8 August 2013 - 10:22 am Get down to the lab

Need social enterprise in your life? Have got a great community based idea but don’t know what to do with it? Want something awesome to do next semester? Don’t despair, the Social Innovation Lab is returning next year and promises to give you all the knowledge and skills you need in order to get your Social Enterprise idea off the ground. Continue reading “Get down to the lab” »

7 June 2013 - 9:10 am Employee volunteering

Have you recently started a business or are you in full swing and looking for development? It may be important to you that your organisation gives back to the community, however big or small. If this is something you are looking to achieve then have you ever considered setting up employee volunteering?

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3 June 2013 - 12:03 pm Bring it, don’t bin it!

Bring it, Don’t bin it is a university scheme aimed at reducing student waste and providing food, clothing and household items to those in need. The scheme is a collaborative campaign run by the Students’ Union and several partners, including the Accommodation and Commercial Services and four local charities: The Conservation Volunteers, St Luke’s Hospice, Shelter and St Vincents.  If you’re having a clear out, a tidy, or a simply wondering how on earth you’re going to get through all the food in your cupboard before moving day this could be a simple and easy way for you to help someone less fortunate. Continue reading “Bring it, don’t bin it!” »

8 April 2013 - 10:41 am Food for thought…

Recently, as part of my degree course, I completed a short work placement in Chancet Wood Children’s Centre.  The placement itself was interesting, but while I was there I spotted a poster that caught my attention thanks to my interest in social action projects.  The poster was advertising Grace Food Bank Sheffield. Continue reading “Food for thought…” »

4 April 2013 - 10:18 am Be a pampered guinea pig!

I don’t know about you, but I rarely say no to a good old pamper session.  I love to be pampered, whether the pampering involves a massage, a hair cut, a manicure, or some good old fashioned body piercing.  However, my love of pampering is in direct conflict with my love of my poor little bank account!  But what if I told you that there’s a way to be pampered for free, or for a maximum of cost price?  Well there is – become a salon guinea pig…

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20 February 2013 - 10:44 am Sheffield has a twin

You may not be aware, but Sheffield is in fact twinned with the city of Esteli in Nicaragua, one of the poorest countries in Latin America.  Thanks to this association, the University of Sheffield is twinned with University of Esteli.  Students for Esteli are the student branch of this twinning – a student run society which fundraises for projects and scholarships at the University of Esteli, and runs a yearly cultural exchange trip for University of Sheffield students.

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