Leeds students stand to support homeless women this international women’s day

Tomorrow, on Tuesday 8th March, a Leeds based homeless charity called Simon On The Streets will be launching their Simone On The Streets campaign to support and represent homeless women this International Women’s day. The event offers chance for members of the public in Leeds to show their support for homeless women.The campaign, initiated by a team of eight students who were inspired by a talk from the charity, aims to raise awareness and bring to light the complex issues that homeless women face. The students, along with members and supporters of the charity, will take over Leeds City Square for…

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Citizens Rally to the Humanitarian Crisis

Mountains of food and clothes fill the streets as dozens of people hurry to pack them away. Since the early hours of Saturday, 5th September, there has been an outpouring of kindness from people throughout the country. Across the nation grassroots groups have been forming and gathering supplies to offer humanitarian aid to the refugee crisis. In Lincoln, Emily Kent headed the Calais Action: Lincoln Collection Point. She explained that after seeing Libby Freeman – a pioneer who last month drove a van to Calais to offer clothes, shoes and camping goods to refugees – felt compelled to taking action…

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Volunteering abroad – why you should do it

If you’re ever presented with the opportunity of volunteering abroad, take it. If not, seek out the opportunity yourself, and take it. I cannot recommend this highly enough. Last year, I spent five weeks in Crete working on the conservation of the endangered Loggerhead Sea Turtle. If you have read my previous article available on Student Wire, an Insight into the Life of a Student Living at Home, you’ll already know that I am a homebird and love my home comforts, so it was a huge deal when I decided to take on this opportunity, and I am so glad…

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Festival volunteering- the Oxfam experience

With winter well and truly upon us, festival season could not feel further away, but nothing cures the January blues better than making summer plans, and for me, summer = festivals. Credit: Oxfam Despite their wonderful traits- of which there are many, going to big name festivals is becoming increasingly expensive. Although events such as T in the Park, Bestival and Reading & Leeds offer great value for money in terms of the amount of acts performing, a treasured ticket to one of summer’s highlights comes at a hefty price tag. With most of the main contenders…

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Your Uni Their Lives – HOPE

Last Friday I had the opportunity to head down to London for the Your Uni Their Lives 2014 summit. This summit was an amazing opportunity to see the great work that Hope for Children are doing through the Your Uni, Their Lives idea. For those of you who don’t know, Hope for Children was founded in 1994 and it’s sole aim is to help children to reach their full potential. They created Your Uni, Their Lives in order to recognise the amazing work that student’s do for their organisation with all funds raised going solely to their projects in East…

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