RHUL Donate and Reuse

Francesca Tyer interviews Amy Bleakley about the Donate and Reuse Volunteering Programme run at Royal Holloway.

Donate and Reuse is one of many volunteering programmes offered at Royal Holloway. The project is currently in need of new volunteers to help run the programme and promote the reuse and recycling of clothing. Taking part is a great way to meet new people whilst also gaining experience as an individual. 

What is the Donate and Reuse volunteering project about?

This is a campus project associated with the British Heart Foundation. It encourages students to donate their unwanted clothing, therefore promoting the reuse and recycling of these items. 

What kind of tasks are volunteers given? 

Through working as a volunteer, students would be promoting end of term collections, helping with the coordination of these collections, and distributing them to the Egham branch of the British Heart Foundation. Promotion usually starts around November time and builds up towards the end of term. The project enables volunteers to do their bit as an individual for an amazing charity.

Why is this project important?

The project is important due to the environmental impact of the current clothing industry and the fact that little is known about cotton production. Promoting the reuse and recycling of clothing creates an awareness of these issues and the project also helps raise funds for the British Heart Foundation to carry out research.

What is the plan for the Donate and Reuse project this year? 

Towards the end of both terms, collection bags will be distributed to halls on campus. During the second term, we are also hoping to hold a jumble sale to get more student involvement. Collection is generally focused on halls, but there will also be a collection point somewhere on campus for those living elsewhere. 

What can volunteers gain from taking part in this project?

It is a wonderful project for the individual to participate in. It is also more flexible than other volunteering hours and can therefore easily be fitted around term time hours and studies. You can gain passport points from the time you spend volunteering and the project is also something worth putting on your CV. 

Why did you choose to volunteer for Donate and Reuse? 

It’s a great project to help raise money for an amazing charity and their research, and in doing so we can do our bit in recycling and reusing clothing. As with all of the volunteering projects on campus, it’s a wonderful opportunity to work with others, develop teamwork skills and have an interesting distraction from studies.

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