Sunday 28-02-2016 - 10:43
Students’ unions around the UK have been celebrating students’ contribution to their communities.
I wanted this SVW to be our biggest yet and I think when the dust has settled we might just find we have achieved that. Just glance at the sheer number of events that SUs and institutions have uploaded onto the SVW website: https://www.studentvolunteeringweek.org/whats-on
The point of this whole week is not only to raise the profile of student volunteers, but also to remind ourselves and our networks about the impact that students have on society. Yes, the individual gains something from volunteering, but we mustn’t lose sight of the fact that when students get involved through their unions we are changing the world together.
This year the UD Zone Committee has proposed SU-run student opportunities to make some of the following differences in society: Social Justice; Economic Justice; Shared Control; Climate Justice + Sustainability; Wellbeing of Communities and Self; Liberty, freedom, discovery; Freedom from oppression
This is not apolitical stuff, this is about students tacking action to create the world we want to see. Fundamentally we need to be better at articulating this social impact side of the argument, focusing on how we build the love for SUs, to be able to defend our movement against the escalating attacks from government. If you’re interested more in this work I would encourage you to check out ‘Prove Me Wrong’ – a series of quick research exercises we’re asking students’ unions to undertake to evaluate the impact of our student opportunities across the movement.
Here's what I've been up to this week:
Next week I’m meeting with the Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson, to discuss student social action as well as charity sector issues. If there’s anything specific you’d like to try and fit on the agenda drop me an email: Richard.firstname.lastname@example.org