It's Student Volunteering Week (SVW) and with 224 students placed in community volunteer roles this year, we wanted to shout out about all the amazing things you - our students - have been doing!
What motivated you to start your Student-Led Project?
My gran was diagnosed with dementia at the end of my first year of university. I felt helpless not being there with her, like I wasn't doing anything. My aunty told me about Elf Day and after expressing some interest, Jane Kilby - the Employability and Campaigns manager - from the Students' Union, helped us to organise our own. She also helped us to become a Student-Led Project. Emma, my co-lead, joined because she loved the campaign and wanted to help out.
What has been the best part about running your project?
Training so many dementia friends (an incredible 295), hosting a variety of events and meeting the amount of people we have contacted!
What's the next big thing you've got planned?
We aim to make Lincoln more dementia friendly. At the moment we are trying to work with the Dementia Action Alliance, Karen Lee and Lincolnshire BIG to achieve this. We are also working towards holding Dementia Friends sessions for Brownies, Scouts and school groups, while meeting with theatres to encourage dementia friendly performances and arts.
Keep your eyes peeled for Alzheimer's future fundraising events. They are aiming to launch a campaign in town in conjunction with Alzheimer's Society.
How has being involved in an SLP helped you develop your employability skills?
It's helped with communication and overcoming obstacles. It's also given us the chance to meet people from a variety of backgrounds, including band members, theatre owners and Dementia researchers.