Last Week we attended a volunteering opportunity at Queens University Students union which allowed many different organisations to come and interact with students about their different volunteering opportunities. We were among many other well known organisations who were also there to raise awareness and try and recruit volunteers for of their different schemes and projects available to the community.
As the students came in they made their way around the hall and spent two minutes with each organisations stand. The idea was for us as representatives to give as much information about our volunteer befriending as we could in two minutes along with giving out our flyers which contain our contact details for anyone interested in applying to volunteer with ourselves.
As we are students ourselves we thought this would be a great opportunity to interact with other people our own age as we would find it easy to communicate the importance of our Befriending Project. In speaking to the different students we found that many people showed a keen interest in our service and also in possibly volunteering for Lighthouse. We were able to easily get across the aims of our project and also the benefits of our Volunteer Befriending to both service users and Befrienders themselves.
After the volunteer speed dating has finished we realized that many of the students that attended were on a similar wavelength to ourselves and therefore that this was a very positive and rewarding experience for ourselves. We hope to attend more opportunities like this one to continue sprea ding the awareness and benefits of our project and hopefully gaining many friendly and motivated volunteers to join our team.
On Monday afternoon we also attended a pop up stand event in Queens University which took place in the Mc Clay Library, this was also another opportunity to raise awareness of Befriending. There were many other organisations and charities also taking part in this event in order to attract as many students as possible.
The Library was very busy and had quite a good response to the volunteers event there was a great interest among the students in volunteering and many approached the stands to find out more information about our volunteering opportunities. This event also gave us another chance to communicate and speak to people face to face and give them more insight into the work we are doing.
Attending these kinds of events have been very positive and successful for us in trying to promote and raise awareness for our Befriending project, it has allowed us to reach out to a certain sector of the public in a very friendly and fun way and this has proven to attract the attention of many possible volunteers to our Befriending scheme.
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