SUBU’s Student Opportunities team hosted a ‘Coffee and a Catch-up’ event this morning to bring together local charities with volunteers from the student body, in the union building SUBU.
Gillie Lewis, the Community Project Lead said: “The charities are crying out for volunteers and it is really important to get students into the community while at Bournemouth, a good way to do that is through volunteering.
“Today’s event was about speaking to local charities to help them to understand the benefits and constraints of finding student volunteers.”
Lewis mentioned, charities at the event put emphasis on mental health awareness, she said: “Volunteering is a reciprocal benefit since the pandemic everyone is much more aware of mental health.
“There are students who are lonely and volunteering will help them to make friendships but they will also help to combat loneliness for a person in the community.”
One of the charities that attended the coffee and catch-up event was The Samaritans.
The director of the Bournemouth Branch Keith Baldock said: “We as an organisation are desperate to find more people to volunteer.
“As an organisation, we found that everyone is in the same situation as ourselves, everyone is dealing with mental health and today has underlined that, which is very important.”
For volunteering opportunities go to: https://www.subu.org.uk/involved/volunteering/