As we begin to wind down 2017 and prepare for Christmas, we thought we’d take the opportunity to look over the amazing successes of our first official year with our Campaigns Network.
For those who missed the memo (though we don’t know how!), your Students’ Union’s Campaigns Network focuses on empowering students, and providing a support network for underrepresented groups at the University. Consisting of the following groups: BAME, Community, Disabled, LGBT+, Mature, RAG, Student-led Projects, and Womens; the Campaigns Network is all about making a difference on campus.
We are so proud to have 6 incredible Student-Led Projects to shout about this year; Alzheimer’s, Amnesty, Diabetes, Guide Dogs, Oxfam, and Smalls for All.
Alzheimer’s have raised an incredible £570.47 in this academic year already, through their evening music event in The Platform, ‘Forget Me Rocks’ and engaging DVC Simon Parkes in some Virtual Reality on their ‘Elf Day’.
Amnesty have raised their profile, now boasting thirteen regular volunteers, as well as holding their first ever movie night and running a bake sale to help with funding future projects.
Diabetes had a meeting with Diabetes UK and started planning events ready for 2018. They held their first event of the year under the new Project Leader – Christmas movie night in the Platform, showing the ever-popular ‘Home Alone’.
Guide Dogs had a fantastic bake sale in the University Library this term and have booked in the date for the Cuddle-A-Puppy day (26th January, mark it in your diaries now!) to raise money for Guide Dogs.
Oxfam have engaged a committed group of volunteers. As our newest Student-led Project, they have already started planning tons of events for the New Year. Watch this space!
Smalls for All have shipped literally hundreds of bras and pants to help women and children in Africa. Not only raising money, but raising awareness of the charity.
If this is what 2017 has offered so far, we can’t wait to see what 2018 will bring!
If you are interested in signing up to one of these projects or starting your own, you can find more information HERE
The Volunteer Officers have also been very busy with lots of planning happening ready for the New Year:
- New BAME Officer, Allie, has been strategically planning a campaign in the New Year, set to be held at Refreshers’ Fayre!
- Your Community Officer, Ben, has attended community residents’ meetings as well as looking at a way of helping the Lincoln Community Larder with a foodbank.
- Disabled Students’ Officer came along to meet Deputy Vice Chancellor, Toby Wilkinson, to discuss ideas for their term in office.
- Your LGBT+ Campaigns committee have been extremely busy with Pride kicking off the year and Transgender Day of Remembrance held in Minerva, with lots of fundraising happening too.
- Mature students have been meeting twice a week for coffee mornings at The Swan and have been using this as a social, open space to discuss issues that they relate to.
- Your RAG committee have been in discussions with Hull RAG in regards to running a collaborative Jailbreak. The successful ‘I’m a Student Leader, Get Me Out Of Hereee!’ raised an awesome £227.50.
- Womens Officer, Michaela, has been getting ready for the Reclaim the Night march, to be held at the beginning of 2018.
We are so excited to start campaigning for change in the New Year and making a difference to students throughout 2018.