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Candidate for the position of Activities Representative (Volunteering)

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Rachel Austin

Who is this?

I’m Rachel Austin, I’m from Glasgow and I’m currently in my 2nd year of the 4-year undergraduate in Law.

Before starting university, I had been involved in a range of volunteering opportunities, from running charity stalls at high school to volunteering at a night shelter.  

At the night shelter, I had the opportunity to become a volunteer representative. In this role I got the chance to present the concerns and suggestions of volunteers to management. I think that this experience will help me to be a valuable activities representative.

At university, I have been a member of the conservation society, Dirty Weekenders and I am currently also a committee member. I have really enjoyed being in this society, not only because of the impact I can have by being part of the projects they run, but also for the chance to learn new skills and to meet people with shared interests.

Student societies and volunteering are two things that I am passionate about. I know that, if elected, I would put in the time and dedication to support volunteering societies to the best of my ability.

 

What is she going to do for Volunteering societies?

Social distancing and lockdowns have affected all university societies but volunteering societies may be one of the worst hit by this as many of them centre around volunteering that can only really be done in person. I know that the conservation society I’m a part of has been completely unable to run any actual volunteering this academic year. I am hopeful that next year will see us able to meet in person in at least some capacity and that students will use this as an opportunity to get even more involved in societies than ever.

Some of my aims if I am elected as an activities representative during this transitionary time are,

  • To ensure EUSA communicates clearly what is expected from societies, especially in terms of changes in social distancing measures
  • To work with and support any students wishing to start a new volunteering society or restart an old one
  • To help societies know what funding they are eligible for and to support them in getting the most funding available to them so they can continue their important work
  • To signpost opportunities to advertise volunteering societies and encourage students to become members
  • To communicate with societies and their members to find out what concerns they may have and ensure that these are addressed by EUSA as quickly as possible

If you have anything you would like to ask me in relation to my campaign to become an activities representative, feel free to email me via my student email at s1946864@ed.ac.uk.