On Tuesday the 11th February, Goldsmiths Careers Service held a Volunteering Marketplace: Micro-volunteering event. The fair presented many different charities and non-profit organisations whose work focused on 3 key themes, including, Arts and Culture, Active Citizenship and Education, Health and Community. During the fair, organisations brought their micro-volunteering opportunities to students, who could get involved in volunteering opportunities right there and then. Volunteering opportunities on the day included registering to donate blood or creating a small piece of artwork to share on social media. When it came to Active Citizenship and Education, there were charities such as Bookmark, IntoUniversity, Solidaritee.
Bookmark is a charity which develops literacy skills and confidence in reading for children from 5-8 years old. The volunteers arrange reading sessions via their mobile app and chat to other volunteers online – making it an easy way to fit volunteering around other commitments. Their six-week reading programme involves two, face-to-face 30-minute sessions each week at a primary school, with a child who needs extra support with their reading.
To become a Bookmark Volunteer please apply at https://www.bookmarkreading.org/volunteer.
IntoUniversity is an educational charity that supports young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Their mentoring scheme provide training and ongoing support, and will allow you to develop your own skills, including communication and leadership, which can be used for your CV. Volunteering can be an hour every two weeks, where you work one-to-one with a young person aged 10-17 on academic, social and future skills so that you can make a real difference to a young person’s life.
To get involved with IntoUniversity sign up at www.intouniversity.org/student-mentoring.
SolidariTee is the largest entirely student-run charity supporting the international assistance of refugees and asylum seekers. Solidaritee fights for long term solutions for the refugee crisis, by helping people receive documentation, and using fundraising campaigns to obtain grants for legal representation. This fundraising often takes the form of selling T-shirts. Many designs and art artwork on the T-Shirts are provided by refugees.