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Transform: Students' Union

Students' UnionAs you probably agree, going to University is not all about getting a degree; it's also about learning new skills and making friendships which will last for life. A huge part of that is helped by the Students' Union at Cardiff, one of the biggest in the UK, with over 60 devoted sports clubs and 120 student societies.

A gift to the Cardiff Fund could help to provide grants for student sport, music, drama, community and welfare activities that develop life skills, life-long friendships and lasting memories.

Improve: Graduate employability

Kate Adams EmployabilityThe Student Development Programme exists to improve student employability by offering training and certificates in communication, leadership, and personal effectiveness. Key course components include 'The Art of Negotiation' and 'Successful Networking', and the programme has been commended by students and employers alike. Classes are run by certified volunteer Student-Peer Trainers, with over 1,200 student participants in 240 sessions in 2010-11.

Next year, the Cardiff Fund will be supporting the programme by enabling the Students' Union to recruit and train 12 new trainers. They will be able to offer more sessions throughout the week, benefitting more students and increasing graduate employability skills. John Steele, Training & Development Co-ordinator, is deeply grateful for the support: "We are indebted to donors for this kind funding, and look forward earnestly to next year when we will be able to help so many more students."


Inspire: Working with our community

Student Volunteer Week

Student Volunteering Cardiff (SVC) is one of the UK's largest student volunteering organisations and offers over 35 projects supporting vulnerable adults and children in the local community.Activities range from providing weekend trips for young carers to mentoring adults with dementia.

This year the Cardiff Fund supported Volunteering Week, a new initiative devoted to short local projects including cleaning a beach, redecorating a local health centre, working at an allotment, and running a coffee morning.

Adrienne Anderson, SVC Manager, says,

"Many students can’t commit to a year of volunteering but want to help our local community. Thanks to the Cardiff Fund we have finally been able to provide short, organised activities in a really fun-filled week, with over 200 students helping out. SVC cannot thank alumni donors enough; this support has allowed us to touch many more lives in our community and it was a truly fantastic experience!"

Did you know? A gift of just £3.20 allows a student volunteer to work for a day in one of 35 projects in Cardiff.

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