We recently took four UCLan students to the CVS Wyre Together Showcase Event at Marine Hall in Fleetwood. The event was hosted as part of Volunteers Week by Barnardo’s, Trinity Hospice and British Red Cross and was an opportunity for people to come down and chat to different organisations and find out more about the work and services they offer.
UCLan’s Centre for Volunteering is noted for its work in developing community cohesion and active citizenship projects. The Centre works across a number of key areas and invites all students to volunteer. Volunteering can help develop existing skills and help to gain new skills, skills which employers are looking for, it is also a way for students to socialise, meet new people and improve their student experience whilst studying.
There was a fashion show at the beginning of the event where the models, including our students, completed a catwalk wearing outfits from the charity shops. This was to help raise awareness of the quality of the clothes and accessories that the organisations receive.
All the outfits modelled were made available to purchase to the public after the show.
The four students that took part are: Sarah Margarson (Policing and Criminal Investigation), Lucy Amanya (Foundation Programme in Medicine), Bhaktiben Vaidya (Biomedical Sciences) and Yimao Zhang (International Journalism).
Sarah Margarson commented: “The fashion show I took part in at Fleetwood was a great opportunity for local charity shops to sell their clothes. Just because clothes are second hand doesn't mean they are unfashionable! Everyone looked fabulous, it was a fun-packed day filled with laughter and gave the shops a great opportunity because seeing clothes on a person is so more enlightening than seeing it on a coat hanger, wondering if it will suit you or not. I think charity shops should come together more often and do activities like this!”
Yiamo Zhang, added: “The fashion show was wonderful. I have made some new friends and had a chance to try something new in modelling. This experience was very impressive and it was great to get involved. I enjoyed it.”
UCLan’s Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership work with over 200 organisations across the country and have over 500 voluntary opportunities for students to get involved in, we work with the third sector voluntary organisations, charities and not for profit organisations. To find out more visit http://www.uclan.ac.uk/cvcl/