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Matt Humberstone

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THINK Campaigns

THINK Campaigns run throughout the academic year focusing on single issues around student health and wellbeing. For 2016-17 the themes will include sexual health awareness, getting home safely, housing issues, alchohol & drug awareness and physical and mental well-being. THINK Campaigns are run by students for students with the purpose of raising awareness around student issues with plenty of advice, tips & fun activities available for students to take part in.

See the picture gallery on the THINK Facebook page

What are THINK Campaigns?

THINK campaigns are the Students’ Union's main means of raising awareness on issues of personal wellbeing.

THINK days and weeks are organised and run by the THINK Team, a group of student volunteers recruited through Advice and Representation Centre and are joined by some Management  and Pharmacy students for THINK Week in Semester 2. You may have seen our THINK Team out and about during the week raising awareness about these issues. There are also at least two THINK fairs every year where both internal and external organisations hold stalls promoting their services where you can find out what services are on offer and grab yourself some freebies!

Most  THINK activities take place either downstairs in the Student Union or on the parade outside the library. A timetable of events  in more detail will be posted here showing what's on each day and previous campaign timetables as well as photos can be found below.

 

What's on for THINK?

Interested in becoming a THINK volunteer?

If you are interested in getting involved in THINK Campaigns we'd love to have you involved! If you are keen to be involved please register your interest on the THINK recruitment form and a member of our team will get back to you. You can also find out more details, register your interest and apply by using the volunteer module.  You may also be interested in reading our Think Volunteer Guide.

Finding out more

Sometimes you may come across a topic covered during THINK week where you want to find out more.  Our pages contain much more in depth information on issues which you may find affect you during your time here.

If you need further help and have particular questions on any of these issues you may be affected by, please contact the Advice & Representation Centre.

You can also join THINK on Facebook and Twitter to get updates of what’s happening during THINK Week as well as top tips and handy hints.

Callie Rice

What made you interested in becoming part of the THINK team?

Initially I wanted to get involved with the university – at home I do some volunteering and thought this would be a great opportunity to continue volunteering. I chose THINK because it covers many student issues which I felt were important to talk about and it would give me the chance to learn more about these issues.

What have you enjoyed about being part of the THINK team this year?

Working in a team has given me the opportunity to meet other students I would never have met otherwise. I had never planned campaigns before, this was an easy way to learn how to without the pressure of being formally assessed. The best part about planning was creating activities to use on the day, such as a starjump challenge during "Healthy Body, Healthy Mind" and a puzzle for mental health awareness. I enjoyed my experience so much so that the effort I put in earned me the "Outstanding Contribution to THINK Week" award 2015/16!

Why would you recommend this position to other people?

THINK is different to any other volunteering I have done at the university as the skills I developed were unique and the experience as a whole was valuable. This includes learning how to manage a campaign as part of a team and improving my organisation as I had to ensure everything was planned in time and well-researched. I was also able to apply my creativity in a new way, through making activities and posters relating to student issues.