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?
The Lincoln Marrow Group previously existed at the University of Lincoln, running from 2013 until April 2017. In this time they held 36 events and recruited 867 potential lifesavers.
For me, it was important to re-establish Marrow within our university due to the death of a close family-friend in childhood. Despite several events to raise awareness and a match being found, it was too late for Liam and he was too poorly for the donation. He passed away. It's really important for me to get as many people on the register as possible so that what happened to Liam will never happen to any other family.
What has been the best part about running your project?
We have only been established since November 2018, so have run one event at present. However, we managed to get 62 sign-ups onto the donor register - so that was a great win. In addition to this, there are over 50 Marrow groups across the United Kingdom, all of which support each other. In taking us under their wings, they have made us part of a wider community enabling us in our life-saving endeavours.
What's the next big thing you've got planned?
We are in the midst of planning our next event, with the focus being on fundraising. This event will take place around or even potentially on Valentine's Day. So keep a look out on our social media @lincoln_marrow.
How has being involved in an SLP helped you develop your employability skills?
Being part of a SLP has enabled us to develop skills within communication, organisation, and teamwork. We are now able to liaise with both our chosen charity and other important businesses in a professional manner.
We're amazed at what Lincoln Marrow have managed to achieve in such a short space of time - 62 sign ups with only one event! It's incredible!