Joint statement from Cardiff University Students' Union and Student Volunteering Cardiff
Cardiff University Students' Union (Students’ Union) and Student Volunteering Cardiff (SVC), a student-led independent charity, have worked together for a number of years for the benefit of Cardiff students and the local community. Following discussions in recent months between the organisations, there will be a change to the delivery of student volunteering from July 2015 onwards.
SVC will remain a student-led independent charity, continuing to deliver volunteering opportunities, but will be moving out of the Students’ Union premises enabling SVC to work with students from all local institutions, including those studying at Cardiff University. SVC has been successful in obtaining funding from Innovate Trust to provide additional community volunteering opportunities. All existing staff will continue to be employed with SVC.
The Students’ Union will continue to invest a comparable level of funds into student volunteering, but aims to invest further in the future to meet its target of getting at least 25% of all students involved in volunteering and development. The Students’ Union will be setting up their own student-led volunteering service called Cardiff Volunteering (CV), which will be expanding the range of volunteering opportunities on offer to students at Cardiff University through student-led projects, one off volunteering and by establishing a volunteering bureau.
The two organisations have a long history of working together and look forward to a continued partnership that will significantly expand the opportunities available to Cardiff students and have a positive impact on the local community.
SVC Chair, Emma Board-Davies
SU President, Elliot Howells
21st April 2015
Cardiff University Students’ Union is delighted to announce that from 13th July this year, we will be launching a new student volunteering offer, based within the Students’ Union building on Park Place and within the IV lounge at the Heath Park campus.
The new initiative – Cardiff Volunteering – will be an independent, volunteer-led part of the Students’ Union and will work with the University and the Students’ Union to help achieve the aim of getting at least 25% of all Cardiff University students engaged in volunteering, skills development or business enterprise whilst at university.
Cardiff Volunteering has been established following a change in relationship with Student Volunteering Cardiff (SVC), the Students’ Union’s current volunteering provider. It was with considerable surprise and disappointment that SVC declined the Students’ Union’s offer of a new relationship agreement and have decided to pursue other opportunities. However, the Students’ Union expects to continue having a strong and mutually beneficial relationship with SVC and will continue to support SVC projects in the future.
The Students’ Union is committed to providing diverse and expansive volunteering opportunities and has set stretching targets to increase these opportunities in the future. This includes creating a volunteering bureau to match students with volunteering opportunities, establishing new volunteering projects and working with other charities and community groups to maximise the positive impact of Cardiff University students in the community.
Student Volunteering Cardiff
Student Volunteering Cardiff (SVC) is a charity run by students at Cardiff University. We volunteer in and around the city of Cardiff working with the elderly, young, disadvantaged and vulnerable members of the community on a wide variety of different projects.
Volunteering is a great way to make a difference in the local community and to meet new people. It’s also a lot of fun! You can gain lots of new skills and experiences to help prepare you for life after university. SVC has a wide variety of projects to choose from, so you’re bound to find something that interests you.
To find out more about what SVC do, visit their website or drop into their office in the 2nd floor Centre for Skills, Enterprise and Volunteering at the Students' Union.
If you’re looking to volunteer or have a specific project in mind, please pop into the SVC Office (Centre for Skills, Enterprise & Volunteering, 2nd Floor of the Students' Union) to chat to a member of staff and pick up an application form. Our office is open 09:00 - 17:00 Monday-Thursday and 09:00 - 16:00 on Fridays. Please do not e-mail us as you cannot sign up without visiting the office.
Phone: 029 2078 1494