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What can I expect from a Student Volunteering Week Bootcamp?

Posted on 11 Nov 2015

Our Student Volunteering Week Bootcamps are only a few weeks away! As student leaders from around the country prepare to descend on Birmingham, Bristol, London, Manchester, and York, Matt from the SVW team gives some tips on what they can expect on the day…

Here at SVW HQ we want this year's Student Volunteering Week to be more 'student-led' than ever, which means we want to give student leaders the skills and confidence to run amazing events and projects during SVW and beyond. One of the main ways we're trying to achieve this is through our Bootcamp programme in December — afternoons of workshops and inspirational speakers taking place across the country. We've put together this blog post to give you a little taster of what you can expect if you attend…

Engaging speakers with real-world experience

Last year's Bootcamp at City Hall in London brought together students with the local activists and social entrepreneurs who are at the forefront of making social change happen in their communities. Jason Leggett from Haringey Mencap, housing and homelessness activist Rachel Wenstone, and Stephen Robertson from The Big Issue Foundation were our three speakers last year, and this time round we're busily arranging an exciting lineup of talks for each Bootcamp.

Each Bootcamp will feature two keynote speakers from charities or social enterprises active in the region. This is a great chance to hear from figures at the cutting-edge of social action both locally and nationally — and to fire your own ambitions for Student Volunteering Week and beyond.

Training sessions with a purpose

How many times have you been to a training session or workshop and spent hours bored stiff by irrelevant content or dull delivery? We want to avoid that — which is why every Bootcamp training session will centre on the practical skills you need to run an incredible Student Volunteering Week campaign this February.

Staff from the NUS, Student Hubs, and Voluntary Arts will be on hand to deliver workshops on the following topics:

  • Creative campaigning — thinking outside the box in order to run interesting and eye-catching SVW campaigns.
  • Turning your ideas into reality — taking concrete steps to translate your vision for SVW into real-world events and projects.
  • Comms and publicity — reaching out to the student body at large to sell the message of SVW to a wider audience.

Each session will provide you with key skills, resources, and actions to take for making your institution's SVW the best yet, and all attendees will have access to a full programme of follow-up support through to the week itself.

Student leaders from across the region

If there's one thing we learned from last year's Bootcamp, it's that when you put 100 switched-on, socially-engaged students together in a room, they come up with something special. The Bootcamps are a perfect opportunity to network and collaborate with other student volunteers and activists from around the region, giving you a space to work together and potentially even plan events spanning numerous cities. It's a chance to forge relationships and get inspired by all the exciting things going on across the country — plus, you all get t-shirts, and the opportunity to bond over snacks. What's not to like?

Now's the time to sign up for the Bootcamps, taking place in Birmingham, Bristol, London, Manchester and York across the first two weeks of December. You can reserve your place here, and it's well worth getting in touch with your Students' Union or local Volunteering Centre to see if other students from your institution are going.

Matt Davies

Volunteering Officer at Student Hubs

Categories: Bootcamp