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Super sorters: enhancing futures, saving lives

The CUSU Volunteers were out in force on 18 May by taking part in one of the Volunteer Taster Days. The days are designed to give students a taste of what volunteering is all about and the event, which was working in collaboration with the British Heart Foundation, was a huge success.

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The CUSU Volunteers were out in force on 18 May by taking part in one of the Volunteer Taster Days. The days are designed to give students a taste of what volunteering is all about and the event, which was working in collaboration with the British Heart Foundation, was a huge success.

However, it was more than just a taster day event, it was also linked to the Enhancing Futures programme which is taking place throughout May.

Enhancing Futures is a FREE programme of learning, live workshops and content, open to all undergraduates studying with us and one of the opportunities was helping out at the BHF sorting office.

Enhancing Future covers issues like sustainability and wellbeing and helps to get students ready for the world of work. The programme exists to help students get more out of their time at university, and set them on the path to success!

So, it was an ideal opportunity to join forces with the volunteering arm of the SU so that students got a taste of working with others, learning new skills and helping a charity at the same time.

Tracy Reay, SU Volunteering and Community Coordinator said:

“We had an amazing day at the British Heart Foundation for our Volunteer Taster Day. We had 18 volunteers participating and as it was also part of the Enhancing Futures sessions, the students got more than sorting experience and truly benefitted by taking part.

As well as sorting out all the donations, we even had volunteers supporting on the shop floor too. The staff at the British Heart Foundation were extremely grateful for our help and impressed with the way our students got on with the tasks they were given.”

The British Heart Foundation gets many donations from the public and they need volunteers to help sort these donations into saleable items to put on display in their shops.

Volunteers are vital to help BHF fund their life saving research, and improve the lives of families and loved ones. 

The next Volunteering Taster Day with the British Heart Foundation takes place on 29 June, so if you would like to sign up for that one, you can do so here.

By participating in the event you will develop a lot of key skills which will boost your future career prospects and to recognise these skills after completion you will be rewarded with a 'Volunteer Attendance' Badge.

This can be displayed on your LinkedIn and showcased to future employers. To find out more about Badges head to our Badges page here.

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