Our society aims to encourage interactions between members throughout the year with different social events/ learning opportunities and new experiences.
By bringing together like-minded individuals we can broaden our own knowledge and develop skills within the university and the wider community as well as making the most of our social work course. We hope this will provide people with the platform to share ideas about events linked with social work, gain some experience and be around people who are going through similar experiences within the course. For example with assignments and deadlines.
With the numbers in members increasing throughout the whole of last year (2018-2019) we were able to run a themed film night, volunteering opportunities- some of which included; "A sleep easy, sleep rough event" for YMCA where we spent the whole night awake and outside raising money for young homelessness in Essex. For Mental Health week and to understand the importance of own wellbeing some members spent time litter picking and gardening at the local nature reserve. As a group and to support the community some members helped two local charities (Barnardos and AGE UK) with the preparing and packaging of Christmas hampers and Easter hampers for the elderly and vulnerable disadvantaged families. We secured funding for a solution focused conference organized by Ipswich county council that involved a day filled with workshops, guest speakers and useful information and guidance on how to best work with families.
We ultimately want to give people who are interested in social work a place where they can build their CV and also network for our futures outside of the university. We have been running a year now but are still a new society, so we are skill ironing out the kinks, but we are ready for some enthusiastic members to help us get this off the ground and for it to be a great place to make friends and share some amazing experiences.
We don't have anything planned right now but check back soon!
Anglia Ruskin Students' Union is a company limited by guarantee and a charity registered in England and Wales. Registered Company No. 08064796 and Registered Charity No. 1148574. The registered office of Anglia Ruskin Students' Union is Peter Taylor House, East Road, Cambridge, CB1 1PT
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