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For the past five years, Zurich Community Trust (on behalf of the Zurich Life business in the UK) have been working in partnership with the University of Bath’s School of Management faculty with the aim of encouraging small teams of students to volunteer their time and/or skills in October and November to add value to local charitable organisations. They have developed this initiative with help from the Volunteer Centre and the Students’ Union Volunteer Office.
Zurich staff have engaged in these team-building challenge projects for over 20 years and a member of Zurich's staff who has already completed a successful challenge project will be mentoring each of the student teams.
WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?
Fairly simple projects that a team of up to seven students can deliver in November. This could include:
- assisting you in the planning or delivery of an event
- pre-Christmas activity, eg maybe doing a small amount of fundraising to provide Christmas decorations
- collating a collection for you, eg food or arts and crafts items or good quality items for a charity shop
- organising a simple event like afternoon tea for your client group
- using their skills - marketing, strategy and planning, finance - to carry out a piece of work for you or provide training
- helping to raise the profile of your charity
Please do bear in mind that the students involved in this scheme are international and will be put into teams of other students that they have probably not met before. Therefore part of their challenge may well include language and cultural barriers, as well as the short time given to deliver the project, but they usually really embrace the opportunity and will go above and beyond the brief to deliver a successful event. However, your time will be needed to support them as this is a learning experience for these students and things may go wrong, but it’s how they then deal with these problems that is a key learning curve for them. Your project will be helping them to develop their teamwork, problem solving, communication and leadership skills.
Please complete the challenge application form (which you can download below), giving us as much detail as possible about the challenge and the benefits for you or your client group. You may request as many projects as you like but each one must be on a separate form. Please e-mail your challenge(s) to A.Boneham@bath.ac.uk by Tuesday 5 September.
The projects will be launched to Bath University students on 10 October and the student groups then choose which challenge they would like to deliver. If we receive more than 16 challenges then Mike Plows (Volunteer Centre Manager) and Tony Martin (Zurich Community Trust) will shortlist to achieve this number. Therefore, some challenges will not get selected to go through to the final round. However, we do have other groups of students who might then want to take up some of these projects at a later date.
Please note that although you may be assigned a group of seven students you may not be meeting all seven all of the time, as students will have different timetables and therefore not all be free at the same time.
We look forward to receiving your potential challenge projects and thank you in advance for your support.
Please do bear in mind that the students involved in this scheme are international and will be put into teams of other students that they have probably not met before. Therefore part of their challenge could be language and cultural barriers, as well as the short time given to deliver the project but they usually really embrace the opportunity and will go above and beyond the brief to deliver a successful event. Your project will be helping them to develop their teamwork, communication and leadership skills to name but a few!