Kent Gives Back – Volunteer to support Walk the Walk

The Kent Gives Back weekend is fast approaching and we’re looking for any alumni, students or staff who would be able to volunteer at the events to support a range of charitable activities.

The first event is The MoonWalk London on Saturday evening. The MoonWalk is organised by Walk the Walk, the UK’s largest grant-making breast cancer charity that is dedicated to not only raising money and awareness for vital breast cancer causes, but to also encourage women and men to become more aware of their own potential for fitness and wellbeing. The MoonWalk overnight power walking challenges have raised over £122m, which has been granted to research into breast cancer and to improve the lives of people living with cancer now.

If you would like to be there as a steward, head to the Facebook event for more information and details on how to sign up.

Volunteers wanted at PWRR & Queen’s Museum, Dover Castle

The Princess of Wales’ Royal Regiment and Queen’s Regiment Museum at Dover Castle (located within the keep walls at Dover Castle, but unaffiliated with English Heritage) are looking for volunteers who would like to get involved in collections care, research, public engagement, and website development and social media.

Catherine Holt, the Assistant Curator of the museum, has come to speak at the University on a number of occasions over the last few years, and is very interested in welcoming new volunteers to the museum and providing training in all the different aspects of curation and museum management. If you would like to get involved, please contact her via email at pwrrqueensmuseum@btconnect.com.

Volunteers needed for a new project exploring representations of the Zeebrugge Raid of 1918

THE ZEEBRUGGE RAID: CREATING A LEGEND

A free event at the University of Kent
Friday 11th May 2018
10am – 3pm

Gateways to the First World War is launching a new project to investigate the ways in which the famous Zeebrugge raid of 1918 was presented to the British people, using local and national newspapers and magazines as a source.

We would like to recruit a team of volunteers to work with Professor Mark Connelly in exploring the stories relating to the raid.

Join us at this event at the University of Kent to find about more about the project and how to get involved.

Find full details of the event and book your place here.
 

Voluntary summer placement – Layers of London

Layers of London is advertising three voluntary student placements to take place in June. Head to their website for more information.


Layers of London is a digital mapping platform where users can overlay historical maps over the contemporary map of London to see how the city has changed through time. Stories and memories on the website are crowd-sourced so we can get a diverse, representative and interesting range of histories about London pinned on the map to their exact locations today! These include oral histories, photographs, stories and memories and examples include; documenting the building developments and changes in Barking and Dagenham, documenting Conscientious Objectors in Haringey and recording prisoner of war stories in Newham and much more.

If you are interested in taking part, head to our website for more information and details on how to apply. The deadline to apply is 14th May.

Work Experience at The Writer

The University has been contacted by The Writer, a brand language consultancy based in London. Read on if you would be interested in a two-day work experience placement in April.


Work experience, but not as you know it

Work experience. Chances are the last time you were roped into work experience, you were at school. A week-long stint somewhere obscure that may or may not have had anything to do with your studies.

Thankfully, our work experience is a little different. It’s two days of writing exercises, fun things to get you thinking and lots more to show you that a career in writing isn’t just for journalists or publishers.

You’ll get a taste of agency life at Writer HQ, right next to London’s Borough Market. And if you’re extra brilliant, we might invite you back for a paid internship (and even a job).

It’s for you if:

  • you’re in your second year (but we don’t mind too much, if you’re not)
  • you already write for your course
  • you write in your spare time too
  • you’re a bit of a word geek
  • you’re free Thursday 12th and Friday 13th April.

Got 300 words up your sleeve?

Head to our website for all the details, put together 300 words on why we should pick you and apply here. You’ve got until Friday 23rd March.

Last, but not least, who are we again?

The Writer is the world’s largest brand language consultancy. We work with companies all over the world to get their words working harder. We help brands stand out from their competitors, improve how they deal with customers, shape their culture, and even make and save them cold, hard cash.

We’ve shown O2 how to ‘Be more dog’, come up with the latest names for the Lynx bodyspray your little brother probably wears, and helped define how Barbie should sound on Facebook. And we’ve trained over 250,000 people in how to write professionally, with personality.

Find out more about The Writer on our website, say hello on Twitter or connect with us on LinkedIn.

Enactus competition – sustainable business and volunteer ideas

Every year, Enactus teams from universities all over the UK come together in London to present their newest ideas for self-sustainable business and volunteer projects. Each team presents the work they’ve accomplished throughout the year in front of a panel of judges made up of Enactus sponsors like KPMG, Tesco, AIG, EY, Unilever etc.

As it includes presentations requiring public speaking skills and answering questions in front of a panel of judges, this experience is a great opportunity that can add value to the student’s CV as well. In addition to this, participants will be able to meet prospective employers as there will be a dedicated Careers Fair at the event which will include many of the Enactus UK sponsors (a complete list of sponsors can be found here).

Enactus Kent is looking for students to join their team to prepare for the 2018 regional and national Enactus competitions.

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Volunteers wanted to support Smart Eco City: Canterbury 2050

Smart Eco City: Canterbury 2050

‘Smart Eco City: Canterbury 2050’ is a special one day workshop/symposium, to be held on 14th May at the University of Kent’s Canterbury campus. The event will be an interdisciplinary sandpit where multidisciplinary teams will work on building a virtual blueprint for Canterbury 2050, drawing on latest developments from all fields.

The workshop organiser is seeking to recruit a number of volunteers to help ensure the day runs smoothly. Read on to find out more, or see the workshop’s website and Sway presentation: https://sway.com/0mkyA98O9vsd75Db

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Volunteering – Researching women in the First World War

The Big Ideas Company is looking for a researcher to work for a short time (between 4 – 5 days) to undertake research into women in the First World War.

The researcher will produce research into inspirational stories of twenty-five women during the First World War, including making in-depth case studies into three women.  This list should include women from the UK and overseas, and should also include archive images of the researched women, and women’s activity during the First World War.  The Big Ideas Company need this information to be delivered by Tuesday 8 January 2018.

If you have an interest in women during the First World War and are interested in applying for this role, please email Sarah.Giles@bigideascompany.org.

Enactus Kent – Team Training Day

The School has been advertising the work of Enactus Kent, a student society involved in organising volunteering projects and helping students to significantly enhance their CVs and skillsets. This is a blog post summarising their recent team training day, which was open to all Enactus Kent members.

If you would like to join Enactus Kent, you can find them on Facebook or on their website at www.enactuskent.org.


We at Enactus Kent, a student society creating self-sustainable volunteer projects, held our first training event on the 8th of November. It was an afternoon filled with skills sessions, information workshops, ice-breakers and teambuilding activities.

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Volunteering: Roles at PWRR and Queen’s Museum

The Princess of Wales’ Royal Regiment and the Queen’s Regiment Museum – based inside Dover Castle – have several volunteering opportunities available, to work with their staff as a Collections Assistant or a Museum Assistant.

These roles are excellent opportunities for any students interested in a career in the museums and heritage sector to gain some invaluable experience of working in a busy museum. Training will be provided, and travel costs to and from Dover Castle will be provided by the museum (applicants may also be eligible to receive funding from the University’s Experience of Work bursary scheme).

For more information, download the role descriptions below. To apply, email the Assistant Curator, Catherine Holt, at pwrrqueensmuseum@btconnect.com.

Museum Assistant

Collections Assistant

Volunteers Wanted – Age of Revolutions Project

Dr Ben Marsh is currently looking for volunteers who are interested in taking part in the Age of Revolutions Project that will be running between 2017 and 2020.

The University of Kent scheme will match student volunteers up with appropriate projects for their interests, skills, time availability, and ambitions, with the possibility of student placements (e.g. travelling to work in museums or archives for short periods), project work (e.g. writing descriptive content or designing artwork for digital resources), and other activities supporting research or work with schools.

We will be running a range of trips and workshops, including a discounted visit to Waterloo in February, and the first placements are expected to begin in Spring 2018 but opportunities will run through 2019.

Attached is a call for volunteers, containing more information about the project, and a short application form which anyone interested should complete and return to Dr Marsh by Monday 13th November 2017.

For more information, download this call for volunteers. To apply, complete application form and send it to Dr Marsh (either hand it in to the History Reception or scan and email it to B.J.Marsh@kent.ac.uk.

Access Advisory Group at Walmer Castle

The English Heritage team at Walmer Castle are interested in setting up a Community Access Advisory Group to support a new project called ‘Rediscovering the Pleasure Grounds.’ They are looking for individuals who have mobility, learning, or sensory impairments to be involved to ensure that the adaptations, activities, intern and volunteering opportunities that will come out of this project are accessible to everyone. If you would be interested in joining this group, please get in touch with Dr Alix Slater at alix@alixslater.com.


Walmer Castle, an English Heritage property in Deal, are seeking to form a Community Access Advisory Group. The purpose of the group is to obtain feedback on an exciting project called ‘Rediscovering the Pleasure Grounds’ which will start in 2018 (subject to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund). The team has been working with an access advisor during the development of the plans to restore the gardens but English Heritage would also like to create their own Community Access Advisory Group.

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Guest Post: Get involved with Enactus Kent

 

Enactus Kent is a student organisation which creates volunteer projects that are environmentally and economically sustainable, to solve problems in communities around the world.

We are a part of Enactus, an international non-profit organisation aimed at university students, in order to make a difference in the community while developing skills to become socially responsible leaders. Currently, Enactus has 70,000 students spread across 36 countries working on nearly 5000 projects a year.

At Enactus Kent, we are working to solve problems in 3 different countries through our 4 volunteer projects:

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