What we’re all about
Action is a student-led volunteering society. They run projects with children and older people in the local community and do everything from bingo in care homes to bowling with young carers.
Join Action in three easy steps!
- IMPORTANT! Click 'Buy Membership' and purchase an "Action-Standard Membership". Don't worry, we've set the purchase price to £0.00! It's completely free to join Action! Also sign up for our mailing list.
- Complete a DBS form online at https://gbg.onlinedisclosures.co.uk. To do this you will need to email email@example.com with your name and society. You will also need to provide contact details for two references and original documents to prove your identity and address, which can be verified at the Activities Office in the union - don't worry, this step isn't as complicated as it sounds!
- Sign up for child protection training (only 2.5 hours).
Once all your details have been confirmed you can start signing up for projects on our union webpage. Just check out the events tab. Here you will find a list of all the upcoming projects and all you need to do is "buy" a ticket (all our projects are free!) and then checkout the same as you would do when you "buy" your membership.
About Actions Projects!
Action runs 11 different projects with children and elderly people.
Last year, Action ran multiple residential trips and day trips for young people, including for those who are from deprived areas, are young carers or young people who have learning difficulties. Highlights include trips to the zoo, canoeing, and even tree top trekking. The year also saw 40 visits to elderly care homes and over 80 local elderly people attended our annual Older People's Tea Party.
You can be part of all of this and get involved in your local Leeds community.
Re-Generation is a project where volunteers visit a local care home once a week. We bring fun activities (such as bingo, quizzes, crafts and performances from LUU societies), interact with the elderly to give them something to look forward to and enjoy in a comfortable and friendly setting. Volunteers are able to sign up each week so you can easily fit this around your studies. You can volunteer as much or as little as you would like. Luke and I organise the activities so all we need from you is some enthusiasm and a smile!
Our visits will start at the end of October and run from 6.30pm to 7.30pm on Tuesdays. We meet in Headingley at 6.20pm outside Red’s True BBQ on Otley Road (opposite The Skyrack pub) where have a quick briefing before we walk together to Headingley Hall Care Home. If you are interested or have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by texting Lucy on 07563579453 or Luke on 07854258507. We can’t wait to hear from you! Lucy and Luke x
Partners in Time
Partners in Time is a volunteering group who attend a local care home once a week for an hour on a Wednesday. During the visits we do a range of activities with the residents such as playing bingo, quizzes and games. Our visits are very popular with the residents and we find it extremely rewarding. We are looking for volunteers to join us; it's very flexible and easy to fit around your studies as you can volunteer as much or as little as you like. We meet at Hyde Park Pub 15 minutes before we are due to start! If you are interested or have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com.
We hope to see you soon! Alice and Briony x
Bridge the Gap
Bridge the Gap is a weekly volunteering opportunity that aims to connect with the elderly community in Leeds. Every Thursday we visit a care home for an hour where we complete fun activities such as bingo and arts & crafts. The project is hugely popular among the residents, and the opportunity to have a positive impact on their lives is one that cannot be missed! We meet in the union entrance at 5:15 and set off to walk to the care home at 5:30. Bridge the Gap is easy to fit in around your studies as there is no commitment to volunteer every week. If you are interested in volunteering, then keep an eye on our Facebook page to see when our projects begin. If you have any questions, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Ellen and Ellie x
Woodhouse Kids Club
Woodhouse Kids Club is an after-school club that provides arts and crafts projects for students at a local primary school. Volunteers partner up with the children and have fun creating a different art project each week! We meet every Wednesday at 14:30 in front of the Parkinson Building, have a quick review of what to expect that day and then walk to the school together. If you have any questions please feel free to email us at email@example.com. Melissa and Olivia x
Action Bound is a volunteer-run project managed by our main society, Action, that takes 8-10 young carers aged 7-12 out on day trips 2-3 times a term with approximately 8 volunteers per trip. Action Bound works closely with a local Barnardo's project ‘Willows’ which supports children and young people who care for a family member affected by a physical or mental health illness, disability or substance misuse problem. We aim to give the children a break from their everyday caring duties, make sure they have as much fun as possible and most importantly help them to create lasting friendships with children in a similar situation. These trips provide escape and relief from duties for a day, but we need volunteers to make sure
these trips are able to take place. These trips are fun for volunteers and kids alike as previous trips have included places such as Flamingo Land, The Deep Aquarium in Hull, Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Eureka!, Bowling and many more!
If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org Hannah and Megan x
Saturday Stars is an exciting project that takes a group of 8-16-year olds with a range of learning difficulties on fun-filled day trips! The project will run a couple of times each semester on a Saturday, attending places such as Eureka and The Deep! This project provides a great opportunity to get experience with young people with learning difficulties whilst also having loads of fun and meeting new people. If you have any questions please contact us on email@example.com! Rachel and Esme x
Venture will work with a small group of 16-18- year olds from disadvantaged backgrounds over the course of the 2017/18 academic year, to build their confidence, teach leadership skills and enhance their employability skills. We will endeavour to help them come out their comfort zones and aim high through learning in a fun and engaging environment. The project aims to run three weekend residentials throughout the UK. The group will participate in a range of activities from outdoor activities - such as high ropes and leap of faith to increase confidence and enhance communication and team-building skills - to indoor activities - such as murder mystery to develop problem solving skills and creative treasure hunts to encourage initiative and enterprise. The trips will be supplemented with in-school meetings before and after the trips so that we can manage the expectations of the young people, set some aims and objectives and reflect on what they have learnt. On each trip we will have reflection diaries which they young people can record what they have learnt on a daily session, and a final group reflection session at the end so that the group can share their ideas and discoveries. This will also develop communication skills further. At the final session we will also get them to create a five year plan to allow them to seriously think about what career they want and what skills they would need to achieve it. Salma and Sam x
Reach is a weekend residential project that takes children aged 12-16 who have learning difficulties away for a weekend of fun in the Skipton countryside. We go bowling, play laser quest, paint pottery, and visit farms just to name a few of the exciting activities we pack into a weekend! Volunteers act as a 'buddy' to one young person throughout the weekend, getting to know them better and providing them with extra help when they need it. Whilst having a great weekend away, trying out lots of activities, meeting other volunteers, and hanging out with a great bunch of kids, you also get the satisfaction of knowing you're giving these children new exciting experiences and giving their parents a well-earned rest too! If you have any questions about how to get involved with Reach, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to see you soon, Alex and Heather :)
Outdoor Mix takes children from disadvantaged backgrounds away on fun-filled residential trips, which they wouldn’t usually get the opportunity to do. This year we are planning two short weekend trips, and one longer trip in summer. Previous activities on residential trips have included canoeing, rock climbing and tree top treks. Volunteers are a key part of running the trip, and their roles include supervising the children, and participating in and enjoying the activities if they wish. Volunteers will gain invaluable work experience with children (which looks great on a CV!), partake in an adventure-packed trip away, and meet new people. Past experience working with children is not necessary, just an enthusiastic attitude! Georgie and Lauren x
Older People's Tea Party
Older Peoples Tea Party! Once a year we hope to provide a fun and enjoyable day for older people of our community and students alike, through the lovely theme of a tea party! The Tea Party will be held for 80-100 older people from the local community. The afternoon will include refreshments and live entertainment provided by University students, as well as a game of bingo. This annual event sets out to give older people from the local community the opportunity to socialise with their peers, as well as improving relations with the students of Leeds University.
- To give older people a chance to mix with all ages, whilst enjoying an afternoon of tea and cake, accompanied by live entertainment from the students.
- To give students a unique chance to mix with older members of the local community, whilst gaining valuable volunteering experience.
As Christmas is drawing ever closer, it is a time to share, give, and donate to those who are less fortunate than ourselves. This project, working in partnership with St Vincent’s, aims to provide the wider community of Leeds who are living in poverty with kind donations of food hampers and Christmas gifts, culminating in a Christmas extravaganza at St Vincent’s centre. You don't need to have a DBS to get involved in this project, so if you've just joined Action, feel free to sign up and come along!