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UCL We Are Donors
The aim of this new project is to increase awareness about the blood, tissue and organ donor crisis in the UK, which has been exacerbated by the difficulties posed by COVID-19. We want to promote donation by simplifying the donor process and make it less intimidating, especially for young people & students. We plan to organise a combination of workshops and talks for public school and UCL…
Description

As WAD Blood volunteers, you will be working directly with the Blood Lead in our Student-Led Project. Our SLP collaborates with the NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) to organise events which encourage, educate, and make an effort to diversify the current list of blood donors. In order to organise such large scale events, we often need a group of blood volunteers who are willing to collaborate with us in order to organise logistics, as well as in spreading awareness on the importance of blood and transplant donors.

Duties

As volunteers, you will be trained according to NHS guidelines on the handling of sensitive information and confidentiality rules. All training will be provided through various workshops that we will hold throughout the year. Additionally, in order to give our volunteers creative liberties and leadership opportunities, volunteers are more than welcome to approach any of the SLP leaders with potential event ideas. If feasible and practical, they will be allowed to lead such events.

UCL WAD will also host at least one ‘know your blood type’ (KYBT) event in which volunteers will help the NHS Blood and Transplant speak to UCL students on the importance of blood donors, especially those from BAME backgrounds, and recruit new blood donors to the registry.

As a blood volunteer, you might also need to help with outreach to the BAME societies at UCL to host collaborative events to raise awareness on blood donation and subsequently increase the turnout at our KYBT events.

As appreciation for their time and work, ALL VOLUNTEERS will be given a certificate at the end of the academic year. If a volunteer decides to continue their volunteering journey with us for another year, they have the option to be promoted to Blood Ambassador or even Project Lead, depending on the availability of committee positions. 

Who will the volunteers be working with?
UCL students and the NHS Blood and Transplant.
Training
All training will be delivered in person at Main Campus, covering how to interact with potential donors and possible scenarios that might arise.

Time commitment

This role has flexible time commitments, depending on when training sessions and events are scheduled (remotely or in-person). Volunteers will need to commit approximately 1 to 4 hours per week, this will be flexible depending on their availability.
Application deadline

This is an opportunity offered by a Student-Led Volunteering Project. It is run by UCL students and supported and supervised by staff in Students' Union UCL Volunteering Service.