Where has the time gone? It's already November and time for us to update you all on what we've been up to this past month!
Keep reading to also find out what we've got coming up. Be sure to scroll down to the bottom to hear about our super exciting Pub Quiz next week!
We were blown away by the number of coordinator applications we received! We now have a wider committee made up of over 30 dedicated students who have already been out and about running our projects. If you are one of them - thank you, we couldn't do this without you!
HOMED relies on a strong network of volunteers to keep our projects running. As a coordinator you will ensure that we can keep offering vital services to the homeless community in Leeds. Being a coordinator is incredibly rewarding and still flexible to fit around your studies.
As a general guide this is what a coordinator role involves:
- A commitment to attend the hostel visits or sandwich runs roughly once every three weeks. Regular attendance gives you the opportunity to get to know hostel residents and you will also likely see the same people on sandwich runs.
Thank you SO much to everyone who came to our Give It A Go last Friday, and the Hostel training session on Monday.... we had a record number of people attend each event which is fantastic! It really is amazing to see so many students being proactive and getting involved with projects helping their local community... as we said at both these events our primary goal at Homed is to help the homeless of Leeds, but our secondary goal is to engage students so they can see a different side to the city they live in and challenge their perceptions of homelessness. Please keep an eye out on our event...
If you are keen to get more involved we have a number of places left for Hostel and Sandwich run Coordinators. Being a coordinator is a good way to take on a bit more responsibility without having to commit to the full time requirements of being on the committee. It will look great on your CV as many employers like to see people who get involved with voluntary work as it demonstrates a variety of different skills. We are looking for coordinators for each hostel (Seacole and Emmaus) and also a few for the sandwich runs. We will provide you with any training necessary for each role.
It’s Freshers again, the beginning of the higher education academic year. I will, of course, partake in the spending of the final dregs of my bank account after a summer of (expensive) fun, but it seemed liked an ideal opportunity to also makes some promises to my self about my final year at University. So, over the next 9 months I’m going to ace my degree, learn German and Spanish, complete my piano diploma, and eradicate homelessness in the UK. Whilst these goals are maybe slightly out of reach in one year, in the words of Lao Tzu, ‘A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step’...