Volunteering in the Community

The Students’ Union is heavily involved in the local community and involved in a range of diverse projects. Whether you’d like to volunteer for a one-off event like raising funds for the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal or as part of a student-led project like our allotment project supporting female prisoners at HMP Eastwood Park – there will be a project for you!

The Students’ Union have long been involved in a range of community engagement and volunteering projects in and around Cirencester. We are involved in supporting a range of projects, charities and organisations around the town. Some of the most recent examples include:

HMP Eastwood Park

Students have joined forces with the High Sheriff of Gloucestershire to put home grown vegetables on the tables of female prisoners in the country. Students have been allocated a plot of land at HMP Eastwood Park near Wotton-Under-Edge to create an allotment and teach the inmates how to grow their own produce.

‘It’s wonderful that the RAU students want to support the High Sheriff Fund in a practical way, and I’m so grateful to the students for getting involved in this community project with such energy, enthusiasm and a willingness to help with such an important project.’

The High Sheriff of Gloucestershire

Students are ready to start building the raised beds, so they can begin planting in the New Year. All the resources have been kindly donated by Dobbies in Cirencester.

Advent Festival

RAU students provide volunteers to Cirencester Town Council for the popular Advent Festival each December.

Kemble Railway Station

The RAUSU completely renovated the garden at Kemble Railway Station a few years ago and we regularly maintain it. 

Good Neighbours/Hospital

RAUSU are in talks with a representative from the Cirencester Good Neighbour Scheme about getting RAU students involved in visiting patients at the local hospital and providing support for (predominantly) older people in the local community – helping with shopping etc.  We are hopeful this initiative will start in the New Year.

Working with Young People

We are already working with Frith Youth Centre in Bisley and join them at various sessions on an ad hoc basis.  We help the teenagers to study for their driving theory tests and English GCSEs.

Local Groups

The SU General Manager continues to attend local community group meetings to further strengthen Town and Gown relationships with residents and to communicate the volunteering work the students are undertaking in the town.

We try to provide a broad spectrum of volunteering activities – some for those who like manual labour and some for those who would like to engage with different age groups.

With the appointment of Lewis Bebb as the new Welfare & Campaigns Officer, the SU are hopeful we can also engage the local community in some of our campaigns this year including HeforShe, Movember and the Royal British Legion’s annual Poppy appeal.

Urban Fox

Urban Fox is here to help the Royal Agricultural University students integrate into your local community. It’s to help make sure you are safe, socially aware and responsible, seek out appropriate accommodation, have access to useful information and practical tips about living in private rented accommodation and the community

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