Putting their heads together

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! 

So we had a chat with our Student-Led Projects (SLP) and asked them a few questions about why they love what they do. Here's what Anastasia from Headucate had to say. 

What motivated you to start your Student-Led Project?

I started my SLP, Headucate, due to its impact and success at other universities. I thought Lincoln would greatly benefit from a similar project. I wanted to provide our students with a volunteering opportunity that would be a great foot in the door for those wanting to teach, work with children or work in the field of mental health and mental wellbeing. All of our volunteers agree that bringing mental health education to young people is an important project which benefits our local community in raising awareness!

What has been the best part about running your project?

The best part of running a project has been meeting other people who are just as passionate about running campaigns; the Campaigns Network has created a community of people who all collaborate to help all of our projects and campaigns have a greater impact.

What's the next big thing you've got planned?

Currently we are planning mental health workshops to be delivered to school children on ending stigma and raising awareness. We are also planning a big event at the University where we hope to invite various key note speakers to talk about their professions, specialities and experiences on mental health and wellbeing. 

How has being involved in an SLP helped you develop your employability skills? 

Setting up and running this Student-Led Project has helped me to develop my communication and organisation skills, especially running the project alongside my Master's degree. These are really important employability skills that all of our volunteers develop, as well as confidence and enthusiasm to take part. 

Currently, there isn't any curriculum mental health teaching in schools. It is also estimated that approximately 50% of lifelong mental health illnesses are established by age 14.  That's why the work of Headucate is so important and valuable.

If their work sounds like something you would like to get involved with, then make sure you follow them on Facebook and Twitter