Big Volunteer Day achieves record-breaking numbers

Wed, 19 Feb 2020 14:50:00 GMT

On Wednesday 12 February, 145 students took part in The University’s Big Volunteer Day - a one-off volunteering project which forms part of annual Student Volunteering Week, delivered in partnership between the University and Students’ Union Volunteering Teams.

Despite the unpredictable weather, students turned up to make a wildlife friendly space, planting over 1,000 bulbs and a hedge at Lockton Close in Ardwick. The overwhelming turnout to the one-day event meant there were even enough hands to undertake some playground maintenance at neighbouring Medlock Primary School.

Across Student Volunteering Week, there were also a number of volunteering activities and talks. Topics covered ethical volunteering, homelessness, period poverty and sustainability, giving students a chance to see how they could get involved and make a difference to the community. Over 2,000 students also received ‘Volunthero’ cards and badges, to say thank you for their commitment to volunteering throughout their studies.

If students missed Student Volunteering Week, they can still get involved with volunteering on the Volunteer Hub.

Hear what students have to say about volunteering.