Join the Advice & Welfare Exec

 

Student Advice and the Vice President Welfare and Campaigns are recruiting a team of approachable, enthusiastic and passionate students to join the Student Advice and Welfare Executive, who are comfortable speaking to a wide range of students and are interested in student welfare and wellbeing. We aim to be a ‘force for good’ in the student community and we want you to join us!

 

The Exec is a committee of engaged students from across Cardiff University who will work with Student Advice and the Vice President Welfare and Campaigns to promote the Student Advice department and the welfare-related campaigns that run throughout the year. This is an unpaid voluntary opportunity that will provide help and support to a wide range of students and provide signposting and guidance, both in the office and when campaigning (don’t worry – training will be provided).

 

Joining the Exec will give you a real say in how the Students’ Union approaches issues of student wellbeing and will provide you with many opportunities to develop your skills outside of your degree, making a real impact in the process. It’s also a great opportunity to make friends with likeminded individuals and get involved with the Student Advice team and what we do.

 

 

We’re looking for individuals who:

  • Work confidently on their own and in a team;
  • Work flexibly as and when we need you;
  • Get on well with a wide variety of people from various different backgrounds and are emotionally intelligent;
  • Are willing to learn and develop their understanding of student issues, particularly surrounding welfare and advice;
  • Acknowledge the importance of confidentiality and promote equal opportunities;
  • Have strong communication, organisational and IT skills;
  • Are looking to make a real difference to the student experience through their contributions to the Exec and campaigns run by VP Welfare.

 

You would need to commit to attending at least one weekly meeting (time to be confirmed), either remotely or in person depending on government guidance. Our plan is to run preventative, welfare based campaigns throughout the year, such as our Housing campaign, which aims to inform and educate students before they sign for a property. We also want to hear any ideas you have for campaigns or initiatives that matter to you.

 

Once the first campaign is completed, we will be looking for around 15 Exec members who are interested in being trainined and doing volunteer shifts on our Student Advice Enquiry Desk. We are a very busy service, which not only provides an opportunity to learn new skills, but is also great experience to be able to your CV.

 

Of course, we’ll also be encouraging you to get involved with the social activities that will be available as a part of the Exec! These activities will be fully inclusive and all efforts made to ensure accessibility.

 

If this sounds like you, please contact us by no later than 18th October 2021 at 5pm. There’s no need to commit at this stage – we’ll be in touch to arrange an informal interview so you can ask us any questions and we can make sure this is the right opportunity for you.

 

What's in it for you?

We look after our Advice & Welfare Exec! As well as being warmly welcomed into the Students' Union family, you'll become an integral part of one of the most proactive forces working to enhance the student experience and student welfare at Cardiff University.

 

  • As well as the chance to make a difference, the Advice and Welfare Exec will all get:
  • Free Advice & Wefare Exec Stash (a t-shirt and lanyard)
  • Training from experienced Student Advice staff
  • An extra-degree CV reference from Student Advice
  • Socials with other volunteers around the SU
  • The opportunity to use the hours you volunteer towards a Diploma of Professional Development in Leadership or your Cardiff Award.

The best thing you'll get from being a part of Advice & Welfare Exec is a load of friends who you would have never otherwise met. Being a part of something extraordinary, with fantastic people and a legacy of improvement is what we can offer you.

 

What are we asking for?

Joining the Advice & Welfare Exec is a totally manageable commitment. We recognise that you'll have other things going on during the year and so we won’t expect anything from you during the run up to exams. We ask everyone on the team:

 

  • To be available and commit to training in on 26th October if you are interested in joining our first campaign. Further training dates will be arranged throughout the year.
  • Enthusiasm and passion for the Students' Union, the student experience and student welfare.
  • To attend a weekly meeting with Student Advice and your VP Welfare – this meeting has not been arranged yet as we will check everyone’s availability first. Historically it has been on a Tuesday evening, 5.30 – 6.30.

This isn’t a paid role – you would however become an expert in the Student Advice and have a much greater understanding of all the various paid opportunities from the SU through the year. So it’s definitely an investment in yourself.

 

The first campaign we have planned is Housing Week, running from 28th October to 4th November. We will arrange all volunteers into teams, to travel around the halls of residence to knock on doors and promote our free contract checking service. We need you to help us deliver that message, with leaflets and letters inviting all to have their contract checked in Student Advice. Full training on this will be delivered on Tuesday, 26th October, 5.30 – 6.30pm. Pizza for all who attend!

 

 

Does this sound like something you could be good at?

Simply email Advice-Exec@cardiff.ac.uk, tell us a little bit more about you, what skills you have to offer and why you would like to get involved with the Advice & Welfare Exec - it's that easy! One of our team will be in touch with you shortly after that.

 

Contact Student Advice

Advice@cardiff.ac.uk
+44 (0)2920 781410

 

Training for all Wellbeing Welcome teams will happen in mid-September. We would ask that everyone attend training on that date so that you have the full experience.

When you've done that day of training, shifts will be available flexibly through the welcome period and you'll have the opportunity to sign up for the ones that are convenient.

 

Contact Student Advice

Advice@cardiff.ac.uk
+44 (0)2920 781410

Contact Student Advice

Advice@cardiff.ac.uk
+44 (0)2920 781410

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