Student volunteers need community projects

SheffieldVolunteering are looking for ideas for activities that will benefit local communities for their Just Do It! event, on 13 and 14 March. The Just Do It scheme, run by the University of Sheffield Union of students, is designed to enable students to make a valuable contribution to their local community and encourage more people to take up volunteering. The 13 tasks completed in last September's event included creating a nature area with the Sheffield Wildlife Trust, renovating an outdoor play area with the Wesley Hall childrens centre and helping to design a web page with St Andrew's child contact centre.

Stella McHugh, the event organiser, says "We would like local organisations to put forward requests for community projects that groups of students could do in a day and make a difference. Just Do It is about providing an easy route into volunteering. We particularly want to inspire students who haven't yet volunteered to get involved in their local community."

Organisations who feel they could benefit - the more creative the idea the better - should contact SheffieldVolunteering on 0114 222 8549. As well as willing volunteers, expenses of £500 per group are on offer. The CLOSING DATE for applications is Monday 2 February.

Notes for Editors: Based at the Union of Students, SheffieldVolunteering exists to provide short term and one-off volunteering opportunities for University of Sheffield Students. Since October, they have dealt with over 920 individual enquiries about volunteering thats almost 5% of the full-time student population.

In the last 12 months they have created and filled 381 new volunteer opportunities. These have included 7 new initiatives in partnership with 15 schools.

Please contact Jeanette Newcombe on 0114 2221032 or email mediateam@sheffield.ac.uk.