University takes part in community day
31 January 2018
Students and staff from Canterbury Christ Church University donated their time to support homeless charity Catching Lives as part of its community day programme of events.
The Christ Church Community Day saw volunteers get involved in a range of activities on Wednesday, 24 January to raise funds for the charity.
The initiative, in collaboration with East Kent Hospital Trust and Charity, is part of the University’s new Personal Development Week. It aims to provide students and staff with an insight into the important work of community organisations and to encourage trying something new and developing skills.
Volunteers got crafty in an enterprising session delivered by Fine Art graduate Miriam Ellis, making ceramic pots and textile monsters to sell and raise cash for the centre. They also cooked meals and played games with shelter guests and signed up to shifts at the centre.
Business Studies student, Bradley Green, volunteered for the first time. He said: “It was such an eye-opening experience.
Volunteers at Catching Lives
“It only takes one little thing to go wrong for someone, we don’t realise how fortunate we are. I’m grateful for the opportunity to help/ and I’ll definitely be back again.”
Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) Professor Mike Weed, who also helped on the day, said: “We are proud of the contribution our staff and students make annually to the local community through volunteering their time, and our community day is part of our efforts to develop this contribution even further.
“For me it was humbling to see how much work and support these fantastic organisations provide to those who need help and support in our local community.”
Ellie Mullin, Deputy Coordinator at the Canterbury Community Shelter, part of Catching Lives, said: “It was great to have staff and students join us for an evening and see first-hand the work we do.
“The shelter could not run without the generosity of volunteers, and it's always lovely that people give up their time to help us.
“I'm glad to hear the staff and students enjoyed their evening at Catching Lives, I know the guests really enjoyed chatting with them and meeting new faces.
Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.
With 17,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.
- Over 94% of our UK undergraduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
- We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.
*2015/16 Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey