WANT TO BE A VOLUNTEER?
People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons. For some it offers the chance to give something back to the community or make a difference to the people around them. For others it provides an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge.
As a Christian college, we aim to produce Christ-like graduates. Jesus was a man of strong character and lived a purposeful life of self-sacrificial service and integrity. Young and even more mature adults often feel unsure of their true purpose and value. Through voluntary service we hope that they will recognise their personal journeys and develop their capacities to engage in ethical challenges with the same strength and integrity.
God encourages all of us to “each use whatever gift he/she has received to serve others” (1 Peter 4.10). We hope that the opportunities Newbold Voluntary Services (NVS) has created will contribute to recognition and wholehearted use of personal gifts by each of our students. Below are some of the projects that students have been involved in:
- Do some hands-on work
- Get training
- Adopt a grandparent
- Be a friend
- Help with the children
- Feed the homeless
Here at Newbold College of Higher Education, we believe that we can be the hands and feet of Jesus by serving!
Our mission is to send teams of young people to work for and encourage our local communities by sharing God’s love by building bridges to all people through a fun day of adventure in service to others.
By following the example of Jesus, our goal is to serve without compensation.
We are committed to support Christianity above denominational barriers and encourage individuals in their walk with God. In maintaining a relationship within our communities, we believe that we can return and be an ongoing positive influence.
Working shoulder to shoulder with our fellow students, teachers, Deans, and other Newbold staff, we do several projects which typically include, but are not limited to:
- Visiting the elderly
- Cleaning the community parks and gardens
- Assisting at the local Food Bank
- Maintenance work on community facilities
- Cleaning and maintenance on the College campus
- Community car wash
UPCOMING IMPACT DAYS
Spring 2017 – date TBC.
PREVIOUS IMPACT DAYS
- 2016 (Spring Semester) – In April 2016, Newbold students and staff got their hands dirty doing good deeds by helping in the local community, and volunteering their time for those less fortunate. We painted one of the studios at South Hill Park, washed cars, gardened at the Jealott’s Hill community landshare project, and spent time with the elderly residents of local care homes.Click here to watch the video
- 2015 – Groups of students visited Bracknell locations that included Kennel Lane School for children and young people with special educational needs, the Birdsgrove Care Home, and Newbold Primary School. Students also hosted a free car wash on campus, a community favourite since the College’s inaugural Impact Day in 2013, which saw almost 20 cars washed. Several of these visitors were given a campus tour and were served hot drinks while they waited. “I am so thankful for the students and the warm reception”, said one visitor. “The car wash has made me stop over and see what a lovely place Newbold is!”
- 2014 – In March 2014, we cleaned up litter in the town, built garden paths at a Landshare centre, served breakfast to parents and school children, washed cars, organised a school library, and spent time with the elderly residents of local care homes.
- 2014 – In September 2014, Impact Day included landscaping and gardening at Jealott’s Hill Landshare, and fence painting at Ravenswood Village – a home for children and adults with learning disabilities. Popes Meadow, a recreational park in the vicinity and the historical home of famous poet Alexander Pope, was among the places that received a facelift by the enthusiastic students and staff. Others visited the elderly in the community and helped with household chores or just with making a cup of tea. A visit was also made to Birdsgrove Care Home where a group led a sing-along afternoon.
- 2013 – 8 November2013 was dedicated to Newbold’s inaugural Impact Day of Service where over 80 staff and students participated in service to their local community and College.