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 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 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!

Suicide Awareness Month - Get Involved!
1st September midnight - 30th September 11:59pm
RAG Meet & Greet - Eastbourne
25th September 3pm - 6pm
Bishopsbourne Lounge, Eastbourne
Your chance to say hello!
Charity Cake Sale - Suicide Prevention!
26th September 11am - 3pm
Cockcroft Reception, Moulsecoomb
CAKE, CAKE, CAKE!!!
RAG Meet & Greet - Brighton
27th September 6pm - 9pm
Cockcroft 201, Moulsecoomb
Breast Cancer Awareness Month - Get Involved!
1st October 8am - 31st October 11:59pm
The BIG Brighton Beach Clean! - With Bucks SU
13th October 11am - 2pm
Brighton West Pier
GIVE A HELPING HAND TO TIDY UP OUR BEACH!
Children in Need Awareness Month - Get Involved!
1st November 8am - 30th November 11:59pm
HIV & AIDS Awareness Month - Get Involved!
1st December 8am - 31st December 11:59pm
Stalker Awareness Month - Get Involved!
1st January 8am - 31st January 11:59pm
LGBTQ+ History Awareness Month - Get Involved!
1st February 8am - 28th February 11:59pm
Prostate Cancer Awareness Month - Get Involved!
1st March 8am - 31st March 11:59pm
Autism Awareness Month - Get Involved!
1st April 8am - 30th April 11:59pm
Mental Health Awareness Month - Get Involved!
1st May 8am - 31st May 11:59pm
PTSD Awareness Month - Get Involved!
1st June 8am - 30th June 11:59pm

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! 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!

Signups

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

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

The deadline for applications is the 31st August 2018

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

NOVEMBER! - CHILDREN IN NEED AWARENESS MONTH

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

The deadline for applications is the 30th September 2018

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

DECEMBER! - HIV & AIDS AWARENESS MONTH

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

The deadline for applications is the 31st October 2018

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

JANUARY! - STALKER AWARENESS MONTH

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

The deadline for applications is the 30th November 2018

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

FEBRUARY! - LGBTQ+ HISTORY AWARENESS MONTH

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

The deadline for applications is the 31st December 2018

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

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.

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