RAISE AND GIVE (RAG)

THE UNIVERSITY OF BRIGHTON'S STUDENTS' UNION OFFICIAL VOLUNTEERS
RAG brings everyone together to raise awareness and funds for local charities. Being a member of RAG is a great way of making friends and is great for your CV! Get in touch to find out more!

This month, Brighton SU RAG (Raise & Give) have chosen to support the local charity the LGBTQ+ Switchboard and are hosting a variety of fundraising events throughout the month to raise awareness and funds for LGBTQ+ Awareness.

Switchboard is a charity for LGBTQ people looking for community, support or information. We connect people and support them directly through specially developed Switchboard services or link them to other specialist organisations. More information about who Switchboard are and what they do can be found here.

EVENTS

RAG (Raise & Give) host a variety of events throughout the year to raise money for the nominated charities.

Please find all upcoming RAG events below, and remember, if you’d like to get involved and help out with one or some of them sign up here!

Please note: we do not host events over June, July and August as there are normally very little students on campus due to the summer holidays and during June there are exams.

VOLUNTEER

Volunteering with RAG is simple! Take a look at the list of events below and if one takes your fancy, just hit the signup button to register your interest to volunteer for that event! Or message us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter! The RAG team will then contact you with more information.

There is no minimum or maximum limit on the number of events you can sign up to volunteer for, however, we do ask that you could check your calendar that you’re free first so that we don’t have to find a replacement for you last minute!

CHARITY APPLICATIONS

We receive a large number of applications every year and it is always a difficult process to shortlist and select just a few to support, so this time we’re doing it all a bit differently!

In order to support a large range of charities this year, we have split the applications down into smaller categories. Every month we will be raising awareness for a different cause; these have been preselected this year by the RAG Committee, and can be seen below. Therefore, each month we will be fundraising to support a chosen charity that focuses on supporting the related awareness campaign.

We ask that all charities interested in applying, apply for their relevant month below, by simply clicking on the month and filling in the form. Please check corresponding information for each month for when applications close as they are spread out through the academic year.

If your charity does not fit into one of the below categories or you are interested in us supporting & participating in a challenge event, you are more than welcome to apply for the final option of a one-off-event to raise money for your cause. We will try to support as many additional charities this way, but will need support from you to help us to run the additional event. There is no deadline for these applications as we will facilitate as many as possible. You are more than welcome to send a fundraising pack to us for the attention of Suzie Douglas, to The Students’ Union, Ringmer House, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9PH.

Please note: We will not support the same charity for 2 different awareness months. You are welcome to apply for multiple but we will only support you once this year in order to give other charities a chance.

Thank you for showing an interest in becoming one of Brighton SU RAG’s chosen charities this year.

MAY! - MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH

This month, Brighton SU RAG (Raise & Give) have chosen to support the local charity Mind and are hosting a variety of fundraising events throughout the month to raise awareness and funds for Mental Health.

"Mind provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding." More information about what Mind is and what they do can be found below.

SEPTEMBER! - SUICIDE AWARENESS MONTH

This month, Brighton SU RAG (Raise & Give) have chosen to support the local charity Grassroots Suicide Prevention and are hosting a variety of fundraising events throughout the month to raise awareness and funds for Suicide Prevention.

Grassroots Suicide Prevention are a Brighton based charity with a simple but powerful goal: that no one should have to contemplate suicide alone.They believe suicide prevention is everyone's business and together we can make our communities safer from suicide. More information about what Grassroots Suicide Prevention is and what they do can be found below.

What does your charity do?

We believe suicide prevention is everyone's business and that together we can make our communities safer from suicide. Our approach is based on education and innovation. We teach practical and evidence-based suicide intervention skills, helping people to become more ready, willing and able to have lifesaving conversations. Since 2006 we have trained over 9,000 people from over 250 organisations. Evaluation data shows significant increases in participants’ confidence and skills, and that many interventions have taken place, saving lives. Our pioneering ‘Stay Alive’ smartphone app helps both people at risk of suicide and those who want to support them. It is free and provides users with a wealth of features, information, and quick-access to crisis support. The app has over 60,000 downloads, various awards, and feedback, both personal and professional, shows it has helped save lives from suicide many times.

How does your charity support students?

We have provided suicide prevention and mental health training for many Brighton student's as well as University pastoral staff over the last 12 years, and have also run stalls on campus on a number of occasions. Our approach is innovative and current, with projects like the Stay Alive smartphone app meeting the needs of younger people, and our strong social media networks reaching thousands.

Why should Brighton SU RAG support your charity over another charity in the same category?

We are local - our office is based in Brighton, and we work for our local communities. We are small but aim big - we have just six members, but our positive impact is felt across the country, and we is growing all the time. What we do really works - follow-up feedback from our training and app users shows that many suicide attempts have been prevented, and ultimately lives saved.

OCTOBER! - BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

This month, Brighton SU RAG (Raise & Give) have chosen to support the local charity CoppaFeel! and are hosting a variety of fundraising events throughout the month to raise awareness and funds for Breast Cancer Awareness.

CoppaFeel! is a local charity, founded by two twin sisters; Maren & Kris when in 2009, Kris was diagnosed with secondary incurable Breast Cancer at the age of 23. Kris realised the little amount of information out there for young people, educating them about the disease, how they could be looking after themselves and informing them that breast cancer doesn’t just affect women over 50. Although Kris will always live with cancer, she wanted to get the message out there to young people that catching cancer early means you have a higher chance of surviving and recovering. She wanted people to learn from her story and become pro-active about their own health. More information about what CoppaFeel! is and what they do can be found below.

What does your charity do?

At CoppaFeel! our primary aim is to normalise boob checking. Ideally we want to live in a world where all breast cancers are diagnosed at the earliest stage possible, at which treatments are more effective and survival rates are higher. Our aims are to encouraging you to check your boobs regularly from a young age, educating you on the signs and symptoms of breast cancer and empowering you to seek advice from a doctor if symptoms persist.

How does your charity support students?

We have connected with students since CoppaFeel! started. We have our very own student ambassadors on campus, our Uni Boob Teams, and these are a group of incredible volunteers who spread our message on campus and raise life-saving funds for us (and have been doing so since 2010)! This year we have 60 Uni Boob Teams across the UK and are lucky enough to have a great team continuing at Brighton. If we are successful then we believe that the Uni Boob Team could work hand in hand with RAG. Also at CoppaFeel! We have a dedicated member of the team who deals directly with students and supports them throughout their fundraising journeys.

Why should Brighton SU RAG support your charity over another charity in the same category?

At CoppaFeel! we love the chance to work with students, not only are we pretty well-equipped with kitting you out for fundraising tips and coming up with tremendous fundraisers. But also, our key demographic is young people aged 18-35 and if we can work alongside you in October to do some life-saving fundraising as well as spreading our messaging and encouraging everyone on your campus to get to know their bodies then our job is done!! (We can also promise to turn up with boob suits and plenty of glitter!!)

NOVEMBER! - CHILDREN IN NEED AWARENESS MONTH

This month, Brighton SU RAG (Raise & Give) have chosen to support the local charity Chesnut Tree House and are hosting a variety of fundraising events throughout the month to raise awareness and funds for Children In Need Awareness.

Chestnut Tree House is a children’s charity providing hospice care services and community support for children and young people with progressive life-shortening conditions throughout East and West Sussex, Brighton and Hove and South East Hampshire. More information about what Chestnut Tree House is and what they do can be found below.

What does your charity do?

Chestnut Tree House is a children’s charity providing hospice care services and community support for children and young people with progressive life-shortening conditions. Chestnut Tree House offer support for the whole family creating special memories. Chestnut Tree House offers respite care, use of all our facilities, end of life care and bereavement support.

How does your charity support students?

As we look after children up to 19 some of our children do go to school/college/university. Also we like to support students of the university by offering buddy schemes to the children and also other volunteering opportunities which is fantastic to put on students CV.

Why should Brighton SU RAG support your charity over another charity in the same category?

Chestnut Tree House is celebrating its 15th Birthday this year and are thanking the local community for helping them providing hospice care to local children. The hospice receives less than 7% funding from government so the rest of funding is from the local community fundraising and we couldn't do our amazing work without everyone! Please let me know if you need any other information about Chestnut Tree House or would like a fundraising information pack sent to you. I would be more than happy to attend any events and support you in any way I can.

DECEMBER! - HIV & AIDS AWARENESS MONTH

This month, Brighton SU RAG (Raise & Give) have chosen to support the local charity Terrence Higgins Trust and are hosting a variety of fundraising events throughout the month to raise awareness and funds for HIV & AIDS Awareness.

Terrence Higgins Trust are the UK's leading HIV and sexual health charity. They support people living with HIV and amplify their voices, and help the people using their services to achieve good sexual health. They regularly visit the University to offer free HIV & STI tests, as well as offer advice and support around the area. More information about who Terrence Higgins Trust are and what they do can be found below.

What does your charity do?

THT are a HIV and sexual health charity based all across the UK. We have a centre in Brighton at 61 ship street, where we offer HIV/Syphilis and STI screening. We support people living with HIV and those affected by HIV. With 121 support, group work and face to face appointments

How does your charity support students?

We attend the Uni on a regular basis to offer rapid HIV testing and STI testing. We also attend fresher's fairs where we promote all the THT services.

Why should Brighton SU RAG support your charity over another charity in the same category?

Because THT continue to support the uni over the year and we have a genuine desire to support, test and advise anyone who is at risk of STI or HIV.

FEBRUARY! - LGBTQ+ HISTORY AWARENESS MONTH

This month, Brighton SU RAG (Raise & Give) have chosen to support the local charity the LGBTQ+ Switchboard and are hosting a variety of fundraising events throughout the month to raise awareness and funds for LGBTQ+ Awareness.

Switchboard is a charity for LGBTQ people looking for community, support or information. We connect people and support them directly through specially developed Switchboard services or link them to other specialist organisations. More information about who Switchboard are and what they do can be found below.

MARCH! - PROSTATE CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

Please fill in the following survey if you wish to be considered our chosen charity for March.

The deadline for applications is the 31st January 2019

We will be in contact during February if your application is successful

APRIL! - AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH

Please fill in the following survey if you wish to be considered our chosen charity for April.

The deadline for applications is the 28th February 2019

We will be in contact during March if your application is successful

MAY! - MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH

Please fill in the following survey if you wish to be considered our chosen charity for May.

The deadline for applications is the 31st March 2019

We will be in contact during April if your application is successful

APPLY FOR US TO DO A ONE-OFF-EVENT FOR YOUR CHARITY!

Please fill in the following survey if you wish to be considered for a one-off-event to raise money for your cause.

We try to support as many additional charities this way, but will need support from you to help us to run the additional event.

There is no deadline for these applications as we will facilitate as many as possible and we will be in contact if your application is successful

Please note: we do not host events over June, July and August as there are normally very little students on campus due to the summer holidays and during June there are exams.

MONEY RAISED

2018-2019 RAG TOTAL SO FAR:
£ 1 6 0

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