Student Volunteering in the Community
The Students’ Union has been heavily involved in the East-End community of Tower Hamlets and the surrounding boroughs of Newham and Hackney over the past 90 years. From the campuses in Whitechapel, Mile End and beyond, students have had a tremendous direct impact locally.
Today, Queen Mary students are encouraged to play an active role in the community through their studies, but particularly through the extra-curricular activities the Students’ Union facilitates.
We engage with hundreds of community partners to coordinate:
- Community Volunteering
Over 800 students each year give something back to the local community surrounding Queen Mary by volunteering. The Volunteering Service, QMSU Volunteering, have hundreds of charities and non-profit organisations registered in order to provide a wide variety of opportunities for students to get involved in.
- Fundraising Opportunities
Queen Mary Students fundraise thousands of pounds on an annual basis for local, national and international charities and causes. All of the Union’s fundraising activities are student-led, with students organising a wide variety of events to raise funds.
- Local Campaigns
Thousands of Queen Mary students are local residents in Tower Hamlets and other boroughs surrounding Queen Mary, so issues affecting local residents also affect students. QMSU is involved in making change in the community in a number of different ways ranging from housing to crime, anti-social behaviour and road safety.
- QMSU Community Sport
QMSU Community Sport is the university’s sports leadership and volunteering programme. Students volunteer as coaches, referees and sports leaders with a number of local schools, sports clubs and sporting organisations to help deliver sport and get the local community more active.
UpRising Queen Mary Leadership Programme
Queen Mary are partnered with UpRising’s east London leadership programme, helping students and young local residents work together in designing and delivering social action campaigns on local issues they are passionate about.
This report gives an overview of the 2015 programme which ran for six months from January 2015, consisting of 26 current Queen Mary students and 20 East London residents.