The Charities Committee organises fundraising and volunteering opportunities for members of St. Chad’s College, with an aim to support local and regional charities and promote social justice within the North-East community. The College represents a charity every term, as collectively decided by the college body, thus centralising all funds raised within each term. Charities Committee holds weekly meetings that are open for any members of college to attend. There are also positions of ‘charities reps’ for freshers to run for to get more involved!
Fundraising events are far-ranging, from charity dodgeball and netball matches to Chad’s Got Talent, Awkward Formal, Auction of Promises and the annual Hope Ball. Charities Committee works with various college societies and committees to ensure that events are as exciting, encompassing and effective as possible.
Volunteering opportunities fall under our Outreach Projects, which have thus far included working with Age UK, bringing together Chadsians and the elderly of Durham. This year, Charities Committee are working hard to extend Outreach Projects and increase opportunities for the college to get involved with various sectors and areas of the community.
My role as CharComm chair is to chair all meetings (which are open to all Chadsians!), organise a timetable of exciting fundraising and outreach events, and help lead the running of these events. We work mainly within the JCR, but we do try and work across all common rooms (JCR, MCR and SCR) as far as possible to provide inclusive college-wide events. Often, we work in conjunction with various college societies and committees such as Social Committee. Being on CharComm has been one of the most fun and rewarding experiences for me at Chad's - do come and get involved!
My role as Outreach Officer is to organise volunteering schemes for members of the college, in order for us to get involved with the local community and promote social justice. I help out with the organising and running of CharComm events as well.
My role as the Charities Secretary is to take minutes of all meetings, which are open to anyone in college to attend. I further compile end of term reports for all of our events, and support and assist CharComm wherever possible.
My role as Charities Treasurer is to deal with all financial matters to do with CharComm, including keeping written accounts for transactions, attending Treasurers Committee meetings and ensuring that finances are conducted in accordance with the constitution. I further assist with the running of CharComm events.
Publicity and Sponsorship Officer
My role as the Publicity and Sponsorship officer is to help promote our events around college such as creating posters and content on social media. I secure sponsorship when needed, as well as help run our events.