student.union@newcastle.ac.uk

Volunteer
Rep

ABOUT THE ROLE

"Volunteering is rewarding on many different levels and the Student Life Exec (SLE) recognises the importance of this. We want to support student volunteers to enrich the projects and campaigns of the SLE and the Volunteer Rep’s role in this is crucial. The Volunteer Rep represents and supports volunteering within the SLE projects and campaigns. From looking at how volunteering could be embedded into the projects and campaigns to finding volunteers to get involved and supporting them when they do."

Jordan

Jordan was appointed as Volunteer Rep for this academic year through a formal application process. Please email cdc.union@ncl.ac.uk to contact any of our Student Life Reps, or check out their helpful resources below.

About Me

Hi there, I’m your Volunteer Rep for this academic year. I’m a masters student studying Environmental Geoscience, my main interests are in space, nature and the outdoors. I’ve been volunteering with conservation groups for over 6 years, so I’ve organised a whole range of different projects like bramble clearance, ecological surveys, fence-building and litter picks. So I’d be happy to help you out if you’ve got an idea for a conservation task in your local area. I can also help put you in contact with people who can help you find a project that’s right for you. I also help run a citizen science project on Zooniverse called Disk Detective, where we search for disks orbiting stars. See the links below for my other recommended projects on Zooniverse! If you’re struggling for something to do during the second lockdown, then there’s a whole range of volunteering that can be done from home on that website, so if you’ve got some spare time then check it out.

I’ve also been a scout leader and a peer mentor, I completed over 400 hours of volunteering during the last year of my undergrad. Basically, I think volunteering is amazing and I’d love to hear from you with any questions or ideas related to volunteering at Newcastle, or even just for a chat!

But the main things that I’m here to help you with are:

  • Supporting your volunteering project or society
  • Developing volunteering projects
  • Getting your voice heard in NUSU and the University

Have an idea?

If you have an idea for a project and you’d like to make it happen, please email me at j.stone2@newcastle.ac.uk. Even if the project isn’t possible at the moment due to current circumstances, maybe we can plan it for semester 2.


My Recommendations

Firstly, check out Go Volunteer for a range of current projects at NUSU!

Zooniverse is an incredible platform that allows you to help scientists with various projects from the comfort of your bedroom, some of my personal favourites are:

  • Galaxy Zoo – NASA takes so many images of galaxies, that they can’t classify them all themselves. So look at pictures of galaxies (sometimes never seen before by the human eye) and classify them – no background astronomy knowledge required.
  • Disk Detective – Sort through images of stars and help astronomers find planetary debris disks that will soon form planets.
  • ATHENA – Spot animals in historic fine art pieces from the Netherlands to help historians and researchers understand the interactions of humans with animals.
  • Seal Watch – If this isn’t a good way to spend your time, I don’t know what is. Look at images of beaches and label seals.

Newcastle Mutual Aid is a group that has been specifically set up for the coordination, planning and delivery of support for Newcastle upon Tyne residents who are impacted by the Covid-19 virus:

It’s a great place to go if you need support. But if you’d like to get involved as a volunteer, you should locate your local group and let the co-ordinators know. Or you could start your own group!

 

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