Volunteering, Fundraising and Campaigning

During their time at University, a number of exceptional students give up their time to make real, tangible change across campus and in the local community.

Our Volunteering, Fundraising and Campaigning awards recognise the students that put the needs of others at the forefront. From campaigning on climate change issues, to volunteering with refugees, to working to combat issues that homeless people face- Manchester students do it all and we want to tell those stories across our social media channels.

We will also be announcing how much money students have raised over the year!

Fundraising Criteria

Accordian left Best Fundraising Event Find more...

Fundraising is more than just bake sales! This award celebrates student-led fundraising events that are creative, inspiring, and raise both awareness and funds for a good cause.

This award is open to any student-led fundraising event that raised funds for a charity or good cause.

Note: a society fundraising for themselves will not be accepted.

Nominations should:
1. Demonstrate how the event took a creative approach to fundraising
2. Evidence the level of engagement of the event
3. Highlight the excellent event management of the organisers
4. Include information about:
 - The amount fundraised
 - Impact of the donations on the charity/ good cause
 - Charity numbers where applicable

Accordian left Best Society Fundraising Team Find more...

Teamwork can make or break your fundraising, and this award is dedicated to the Society Fundraising Team that not only commits itself to the cause, but also works as a team in a way that guarantees success!

This award is open to any society at The University of Manchester.

Nominations should:
1. Demonstrate a consistent society commitment to fundraising
2. Show evidence to a commitment to teamwork
3. Demonstrate creativity in the approach to fundraising
4. Include information about: the number/ types of fundraising events, amounts fundraised from events, supported charities and the level of engagement with the events

Accordian left Best Athletic Union Fundraising Team Find more...

Some sports groups don’t just compete as a team, they come together to support the causes they care about and make a difference. This award is dedicated to the AU Fundraising Team that knows how to work as team both on and off the pitch!

This award is open to any group registered with the Athletic Union at The University of Manchester.

Nominations should:
1. Demonstrate a consistent team commitment to fundraising
2. Show evidence to a commitment to teamwork
3. Demonstrate creativity in the approach to fundraising
4. Include information about: the number/ types of fundraising events, amounts fundraised from events, supported charities and the level of engagement with the events

Accordian left Fundraiser of the year Find more...

The best fundraisers think outside the box and use a variety of methods to garner support and donations. This award recognises an individual who showcases all these talents, as well as being consistently active and understanding their activities’ social impact.

This award is open to any student who got involved with any type of fundraising activity.

Nominations should:
1. Demonstrate commitment, dedication and enthusiasm to fundraising
2. Evidence a creative and innovative approach to fundraising
3. Demonstrate an understanding of ethical and transparent fundraising practices

Accordian left Outstanding Contribution to RAG Find more...

Manchester RAG is the student-led fundraising committee at the Students’ Union. It is responsible for managing innovative fundraising events that allow fellow students to get involved with and raise money for many local, national, and international charities.

This activity is maintained by passionate volunteers who strive to understand and change the world around them.

This award recognises an individual whose efforts have had an outstanding impact on the group and its events.
 
Nominations should:
1. Evidence the impact of the individual’s contribution to RAG
2. Include information about how the nominee supports their fellow fundraisers and helps build a supportive community
3. Evidence a commitment to ethical and transparent fundraising practices
4. Demonstrate how the individual strives to improve and innovate the organisation
5. Potentially demonstrate how the individual has helped build networks between RAG and other groups and organisations

Volunteering Criteria

Accordian left Volunteer Project of the Year Find more...

The Students’ Union is proud to support student leaders to develop creative, impactful projects that benefit so many and tackle real social needs and issues. As well as this, student-led volunteer projects give fellow students the chance to gain new skills, develop thriving communities, and understand and change the world around them.

This award is to recognise the achievements of any student-led volunteering project that does just that.

This award is open to any student-led volunteer project.

Nominations should:
1. Explain the social need or issue that the project was developed to tackle
2. Demonstrate how the project tackles the stated social need or issue
3. Provide some evidence of the project’s impact. This could be in the form of quotes or feedback from beneficiaries, evidence from evaluation surveys etc.
4. Demonstrate how good project management has been achieved
5. Provide information about how the project impacts and benefits volunteers who get involved

Accordian left New Volunteer Project of the Year Find more...

The needs of the local community develop and change over time, and new issues arise. Some volunteers take it upon themselves to identify such an issue in the community and respond by creating a project to meet this need.

This award is to recognise the insight, innovation, and hard work that is required to create and build a volunteering project from the ground up.

This award is open to any student-led volunteering project that has started in the current academic year.

Nominations should:
1. Explain the social need or issue that the project was developed to tackle
2. Demonstrate how the project tackles the stated social need or issue
3. Provide some evidence of the project’s impact. This could be in the form of quotes or feedback from beneficiaries, evidence from evaluation surveys etc.
4. Demonstrate how good project management has been achieved
5. Provide information about how the project impacts and benefits volunteers who get involved

Accordian left Project Leader of the Year Find more...

This award celebrates project leaders that go above and beyond to inspire and support volunteers, use excellent organisational and management skills to deliver the project’s aims to its full potential, and create a positive and enjoyable atmosphere for volunteers.

Nominations should:
1. Demonstrate how the nominee leads and supports volunteers, is approachable, and helps create a positive environment
2. Demonstrate how they helped deliver the aims of their project
3. Demonstrate how the nominee has gone above and beyond to meet the needs of project members
4. Evidence good organisation and project management skills

Accordian left Volunteer of the Year Find more...

Includes those who volunteer for the wider community and those whose work impacts and supports the student community.

Volunteers dedicate time and skills that are central to the work of the projects they support and their beneficiaries. This award celebrates an individual whose commitment to volunteering is exceptional and inspiring.

Nominations should:
1.     Demonstrate commitment, passion, and enthusiasm to volunteering
2.     Demonstrate how the nominee has gone above and beyond to meet the needs of beneficiaries
3.     Include information of the impact of this volunteer’s work

Accordian left Outstanding Contribution to Student Action Find more...

The Student Action committee oversees over 15 volunteering projects that work with Manchester residents and groups to deliver positive change in many different ways in the local community. This student-led group also provides volunteer opportunities to fellow students, helping them to engage and support the community in which they live and study.
 
This award recognises an individual whose efforts have had an outstanding impact on the group and its projects.
 
Nominations should:
1. Evidence the impact of their contribution to Student Action
2. Include information about how the nominee supports their fellow volunteers and helps build a supportive community of volunteers
3. Demonstrate how the individual strives to improve and innovate the organisation
4. Demonstrate an understanding of the social impact of community action
5. Potentially demonstrate how the individual has helped build networks between Student Action and other groups and organisations

Accordian left Outstanding Contribution to Access All Areas Find more...

Access All Areas is a student-led committee at the Students’ Union responsible for delivering educational projects for children and young people in the local community. Breaking down barriers to education is central to their work, and their projects aim to inspire young people and help them consider University as a valid option for them. This student-led group also provides volunteer opportunities to fellow students, helping them to engage and support the community in which they live and study.

This award recognises an individual whose efforts have had an outstanding impact on the group and its projects.

1. Evidence the impact of their contribution to Access All Areas
2. Include information about how the nominee supports their fellow volunteers and helps build a supportive community
3. Demonstrate how the individual strives to improve and innovate the organisation
4. Demonstrate an understanding of educational barriers and Widening Participation
5. Potentially demonstrate how the individual has helped build networks between Access All Areas and other groups and organisations

Campaigning Criteria

Accordian left Campaigner of the Year Find more...

Campaigns are rarely won by individuals. However, one person can often make the difference between a successful and unsuccessful campaign. This award celebrates a campaigner with exceptional perseverance and passion, who has inspired others to take action and created real change.

Criteria:
1. Evidence that the individual has made their campaign as inclusive as possible, encouraged others to get involved and demonstrated outstanding commitment to their aims.
2. Demonstrate how the campaigner has created real change
3. Include information on the impact of this individual’s campaigning work

Accordian left Campaign of the Year Find more...

This award celebrates the most outstanding campaign of the year. It goes to a campaign with committed campaigners, who have used a sustained and creative approach to bring about tangible change.

Criteria:
1. Examples of campaigning to deliver tangible change
2. Evidence the positive impact of the campaign
3. A demonstration of how this campaign has gone above and beyond

 

 

 

 

Accordian left Most Creative Campaign Award Find more...

This award goes to a campaign which has shown exceptional creativity in its campaigning tactics.

Criteria:
1. Evidence the campaign has acted creatively- ie, publicity stunt etc.
2. A campaign which stands out as having used different tactics.
3. Evidence the campaigners have thought outside the box.

Accordian left Most persuasive Campaign Award Find more...

This award goes to the most persuasive campaign. This campaign has gone above and beyond to collect evidence and allies to create a campaign with real impact on people’s perception of their cause.

1. Evidence the campaign has collected research, in any format, to inform their campaign.
2. Evidence the campaign has had notable success gathering allies and supporters.
3. Information on how the campaign has changed student perceptions- ie. campaign evaluation.

Accordian left Community Campaign of the Year Find more...

This award goes to a campaign which has reached outside of the University bubble to impact the wider community.

1. Evidence of community campaigning.
2. Evidence that the campaign has gathered support outside of the student population.
3. A campaign which has organised action largely independently.

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