What we’re all about
What we’re all about
Action is University of Leeds’ longest running volunteering society (starting in 1965). We’re a completely free society that helps the local community by planning day trips, residentials, and care home visits for those in need. Action covers all training, accommodation and transport, there are also no time contains - come once a year, once a month or once a week – it’s up to you! Being part of Action will give you invaluable training to use in later life including Child Protection training, a DBS, and First Aid (where applicable).
How to join Action:
- Click 'Buy Membership' and purchase an "Action-Standard Membership" (we've set the purchase price to £0.00, so the society is completely free to join!), this will also automatically sign you up to our mailing list.
- Complete a DBS form online. 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 (preferably 2 professional, but possibly one professional and one personal), this is for a character reference, 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! (And if you're confused just email our secretary and she'll help you out)
- Sign up for child protection training (only 2.5 hours), these sessions will be announced via the mailing list and on facebook, and are also completely free, ran by us, and held on campus.
Once all your details have been confirmed you can start signing up for projects on our union webpage. 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.
Actions runs many different projects annually, with both elderly and young members of the leeds community. Over the past years Action has run 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 special educational needs; highlights include trips to the zoo, canoeing, and even sailing. Last year alone saw 40 visits to elderly care homes and over 80 local elderly people attended our annual Older People's Tea Party.
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 a little bit different to look forward to each week. Volunteers are able to sign up on a per week basis with no ongoing commitment, so you can do as much or as little as you would like. Our visits will start at the beginning of January and run from 6:30-7:30pm on Tuesdays. We meet in Headingley at 6.50pm 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
Partners In Time
Partners in Time is a group of students who volunteer in a Halcyon Court from 2-3pm every Wednesday. In our visits we run lots of activities with the residents such as bingo, quizzes and games. Not only do the residents really enjoy our visits, the volunteers do too. We are looking for volunteers to join us; there is no commitment involved and you can volunteer just once or as many times as you like. We meet at Hyde Park Pub 15 minutes before we are due to start! If you are interested or have any questions, please email us on email@example.com
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 Grove Court from 6-7pm where we complete fun activities such as bingo, arts & crafts and karaoke. The project is hugely popular among the residents and has a positive impact on their daily lives. It is also great to do volunteering to boost your CV, as well as doing something meaningful with your time. We meet in the union entrance at 5:15 and set off to walk to the care home at 5:30. If you are interested in volunteering please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Older People's Tea Party
Once a year Action runs the ‘Older People’s Tea Party’, providing an invaluable opportunity to bridge the gap between older people from the community and University of Leeds students. We invite four elderly community groups from across Leeds to come down to the University for a day of games, musical performances and cake. This year the Tea Party will be held in March 16th from 11pm -2/3pm. We rely on the generosity of students to run this event, and so if you are interested in volunteering (for as much or as little of the day as you can give), please email the Elderly Liaison at email@example.com
Unfortunately, we were unable to run these last year, we need to make sure our volunteers are as safe as possible, and we are therefore currently reviewing our children's projects and the safeguarding to ensure safety in all that we do.
At the moment we are working on two children’s projects which will be up and running soon: Weekenders Club and Actionbound. Other day projects and residentials will follow so watch this space.
Saturdays every month volunteers will be needed to help us run a brand new project in conjunction with Leeds Weekend Care Association. The day will involve working with children aged 5-18 with special educational needs. There will be two types of trips, both one-site and off-site, each being different. On-site activities will involve working with LWCA on their premises helping to carry out games and projects, for this no DBS is required. For off-site activities, we will be planning day trips for the older kids (14-18) of the centre.
Actionbound works with Barnardo’s Willow Project in order to organise fun day trips for groups of up to 10 young carers aged between 8-12 from the Leeds area. We take them on day trips 3 times a semester which usually take place on Sundays. Past trips have included sailing, trampolining and going to the farm.