Sidney staff will be running an event in College tonight (Tuesday 5 March) to celebrate and raise awareness of volunteering. All welcome!

You are invited to come along and find out more about the volunteering work already being undertaken by local groups and members of the Sidney community. The volunteering event will take place tonight (Tuesday 5 March) in the JCR TV room. You do not need to book a place, and can head over for a 5pm start (drinks and nibbles will be provided!). 

Lucy Hodgkiss, Pastoral Advisor at Sidney, has enjoyed organising this event with Claire Girdlestone, Tutorial Assistant, and she would be delighted to welcome you along tonight, and to help answer any queries you might have about volunteering. Lucy commented how volunteering provides an opportunity to "take part in something that is as rewarding to you as it is to those you help."

There will be a series of short talks and the opportunity to mingle with the speakers, representatives from local community charities, and Sidney staff who engage in their own volunteering.

Sidney is looking forward to welcoming a representative from Wintercomfort who will be speaking about volunteering for a local homeless charity. Wintercomfort supports men and women who are homeless or vulnerably housed by offering them vital welfare services and opportunities for learning and training. We will also be joined by a volunteer from the charity Change, Grow, Live (CGL), which offers a rehabilitation centre for drug and alcohol addiction in Cambridge. 

Sidney student and Access Officer, Iris Hall, will be speaking about the volunteer work she has been doing in a local school. A member of the Sidney IT Office will be coming along to speak about the benefits of dog therapy, and he will be accompanied by his very special four-legged friend, Gilbert! There will also be other Sidney members present to talk about the student group, Just Love, what it's like to volunteer for a local country park and nature reserve, and Lucy will provide information about available funds and grants. 

If you have any questions, please contact Lucy Hodgkiss ( 

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