The York experience is about more than just study – you can help enhance opportunities for our students through extra-curricular activities. Small grants to clubs, societies and volunteering projects, made thanks to donations from alumni and friends, make a big difference. Here are just some of the projects supported recently.
Windsurfing beginners benefitted from three new rigs bought thanks to your donations. A new member of the club said, “The kit was superb and exactly what was needed for beginners like me looking to gain experience in the sport. I can’t wait to get back out using the kit again as soon as I become able to and would love to improve my skill.”
The York-Juba anthology brought together students from the Departments of English at the University of Juba, South Sudan, and York. A small grant helped with printing costs. Editor Anthea Gordon said, “We received almost 100 handwritten submissions from Juba in a large brown envelope. I read the whole lot greedily through in one go and was overwhelmed by the range of material. Due to this funding we were able to be much more ambitious with the presentation and length of the anthology.”
KEEN (Kids Enjoy Exercise Now) brings together York students and children with special needs to have fun playing sport and games together. Coordinator Sara Pettersson explains the difference a grant made: “We focussed on spending the grant on apparatus that is accessible for children with any disability or special need and provide a lot of fun at the same time. We bought curling equipment, a bowls set and high score wedge. By introducing new things we will have a bigger impact on a child’s life. This equipment is resilient and great for teamwork and active participation, as well as keeping children focussed for a longer period of time.”