Volunteering

Each year, hundreds of Westminster students volunteer to support charitable causes that matter to them. If you’re interested in volunteering in some way, the Student Volunteering Service is here to help you.

Volunteering is as diverse as the millions of people who do it. Find out about the different types of volunteering. So whatever your background or interests, there’s bound to be something that’s a great fit. Westminster volunteers include new students, experienced postgraduates and everything in between.

For more information, visit our main page at www.westminster.ac.uk/volunteering.

Alternatively, you can email us (volunteering@westminster.ac.uk) or call us (020 3506 6112) or visit us in person for a one-to-one advice sessions on Tuesday mornings (10-11:30 am) or Wednesdays afternoons (2-3:30 pm) at our 101 New Cavendish Street Office, W1W, 6XH.

If you simply like to see what opportunities are available click on the following links:

https://engage.westminster.ac.uk or our one-off volunteering calendar.

Sustainability

You can help make the university a more sustainable place every day by making small positive steps throughout your day! Switch lights and devices off when they’re not being used, reduce the amount of waste you produce and put recyclable items in the recycling bins.

One of the biggest environmentally positive impacts you can have is by reducing the amount of meat and other animal products you eat!

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Contact us to let us know how we can help!

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Staff & Student Networks

The Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Network represents the interests and aspirations of Black and Minority Ethnic Staff at the University.

The Networks core ethos is to support staff and help drive race equality throughout the institution.

Since its launch in October 2016, the Network has held and sponsored several internal and external events during Black History Month and beyond. All University staff are welcome to attend our events.

The Network is always looking to expand and build on its capacity and welcomes new members. Membership is open to all BME staff at the University of Westminster. For more information about the BME Staff Network, please email bme@westminster.ac.uk.

 

An open environment, where sexual orientation is embedded as part of our cultural richness, promotes an ideal setting for each individual to fully thrive within our organisation. We recognise that staff perform better when they can be themselves.

Our LGBT Staff Network is dedicated to attracting, supporting and developing our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender employees to ensure they are feeling confident to be themselves at work. The Network is in regular contact with other London universities’ LGBT networks to share information about news and events.

 

WOW is a women’s network which lobbies for gender equity and promotes diversity and inclusivity. Its starting point is the recognition of conscious and unconscious biases that continue to affect the working conditions and career prospects of female colleagues and it calls for increased awareness of the struggles of XXI century working women. Taking an intersectional approach to increase visibility for all ‘minority groups’, but focusing on institutional, gender specific issues which impact women, WOW draws from ‘best practices’ and is ultimately dedicated to improving inclusivity, transparency and equity for all.

WOW members are drawn from all staff groups – academic and support services – and invites all women, cis-women, trans-women and non-binary people to join the network. Supporters and friends of WOW from any other staff groups are welcome in the support of our goals and their implementation. WOW organises termly plenary meetings when all members and supporters will join in discussions on actions and progress. If you would like to become a WOW member, join one of our workings groups, or show support, please email womenofwestminster@westminster.ac.uk. For more detailed information on membership, goals and working methods, please see our Terms of Reference below.

Check out the Students’ Union website to see all students societies and networks.

https://www.uwsu.com/

Health & Wellbeing

 The VC, Peter Bonfield, signed the Time to Change Employer Pledge at this years annual Wellbeing Day event.  Our Wellbeing Day, organised by the Safety, Health and Wellbeing Team, coincided with Time to Talk Day 2019 and we are encouraging everyone to have a conversation about mental health.  

You can also read more about the initiative and download Time to Change materials – such as the Champions Conversations Cook Book ; Stigma Force Field Analysis or take the Mental Health Stigma Pub Quiz.

If you’re a member of staff you can find all the resources and information relating to workplace health and wellbeing on sharepoint

Useful external sources of information on stress and mental health are: HSEMind, and BITC.

For advice on menopause, please have a look at guidance on the CIPD and NHS websites.

Advice on disabled access to our buildings is available on our external ‘visit us‘ website.

If you’re a staff member you can sign up to be a Fire Marshal at the University.  If you are interested in this role, please email the SHW Team, shw@westminster.ac.uk – and we’ll be in touch.

The Citizen Aid app gives guidance to the general public on safe actions to take and how to prepare yourself in case of an emergency incident or terror threat.

 

CitizenAID is a simple, clear teaching aid for immediate actions in the event of an incident. It links with the 3 key steps concept for keeping safe: run, hide and tell.      

It is intended to give ordinary people straightforward information on being prepared and how best to react to an incident. The App also provides first aid advice on how to assist the injured.


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