What we’re all about
Action is a student-led volunteering society which runs projects in the local community.
How to join Action:
- Click 'Buy Membership' to the right -------> and purchase a "Action-Standard Membership". (We've set the purchase price to £0.00, so the soceity is completely free to join! 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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! (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 and 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.
Action runs 12 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 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 7pm to 8pm 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 email@example.com or by texting Alex on 07473 921 882 or Kayleigh on 07543 589 516. We can’t wait to hear from you! Alex and Kayleigh x
Partners In Time
Partners in Time is a group of students who volunteer in a local care home 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to see you soon! Abi and Bartosz x
Bridge The Gap
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, arts & crafts and karaoke. The project is hugely popular among the residents and has appositive 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. To volunteer you will need to have completed your DBS check, but 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 please email us at email@example.com or email Bella- firstname.lastname@example.org or Alia- email@example.com
Older People's Tea Party
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 on the 19th of March. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Reach is a project which organises fun weekend trips for children around the ages of 11-16 with learning difficulties, around 3-4 times a year. This gives parents and carers a well-deserved break, whilst giving the children a sense of independence and encouraging them to get involved in a range of activities. Past activities have included farm visits, pottery painting, bowling, and even a disco! Volunteering for a Reach trip is a hugely rewarding experience which will develop your skills, whilst giving you the chance to meet other volunteers, have fun and work with the fantastic children who benefit from these trips. We will be posting about our first trip in the New Year so keep your eyes peeled and please consider volunteering! If you would like any more information about Reach, please feel free to contact email@example.com. We would love to hear from you! Dana and Amy x
Outdoor Mix allows children from disadvantaged backgrounds to part take in fun residential trips, which normally they wouldn’t be able to experience. This year we are hoping to run two week long trips, one during the Easter break and one during the summer. Activities run on previous trips include rock climbing, bowling, canoeing and tree top treks. Volunteers are essential for a smooth running, fun -filled trip, the roles are centred around supervision of the children. They will have the opportunity to participate in the variety of activities. This is an excellent opportunity to gain work experience working with children, enjoy a trip away and meet lots of new people. It is not necessary to have past experience working with children, we’re just looking for enthusiastic volunteers 😊
Venture aims to develop and enhance the confidence and employability skills of a small group of young adults aged between 16-18. The project will run two weekend residentials in different locations. The activities include employability workshop, leap of faith, low ropes, film night, team building games, volunteering and murder mystery. Volunteers will gain experience working with young adults and Leeds for life skills such as team working, communication and leadership.
Azlan email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fatima email: Fatima.email@example.com
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. Hannah and Megan, firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday Stars works with groups of up to 10 children aged between 8 and 16 from a local school who have both physical and learning disabilities. We take them on fun trips 3 times a semester usually on a Saturday. Past trips have included Eureka and The Deep. Emily and Ellie, Saturdaystars@leedsaction.co.uk
Woodhouse Kids Club
Woodhouse Kids Club is partnered with a local school to host a wide range of afterschool activities. The trips take place every Wednesday afternoon and usually activities include games and also arts and crafts. Rosie and Katrina, email@example.com
Action Family Day
More information to come! Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to help run our fantastic day for local Leeds family x
St Vincents Christmas Present Project
Once a year, Action team up with St Vincents to help make Christmas special for those in poverty. We collect presents, bucket shake and help to make Christmas packs. Email email@example.com for more information about this fantastic event!