Thirteen volunteers, three Student Union officers and a Community Development Coordinator braced themselves as 90 loud, messy, and excitable children arrived on our campus ready to see what we had put together for them.
It was our first 'Be Brunel' session of the year, and as we wave goodbye and try to get the compost out of our clothes, we reflect and think that perhaps it did go well after all.
The children took part in six activities: making their own fibre plant pots as part of our environmental initiative; learning how to play squash; receiving media training from our student media team; sampling Calisthenics; trying out some First Aid, and undertaking a debating masterclass from our very own Union President, Ali Milani.
The Union of Brunel Students created Be Brunel as an opportunity to promote a different side of higher education to primary school children. We focus on activities that they could get involved in if they were a Brunel student, to show that there is more to University than getting a degree. Be Brunel is part of our community development project, which has been running for nearly three years.
Although this is the first 'Be Brunel' of the year, it definitely isn't the last. The Union of Brunel Students has seven of these planned over the course of the year, and the next one will be on Tuesday 27 October. If you can spare any time to lend a hand, we would really appreciate it. A huge thank you goes out to our volunteers, the staff that enable this day to happen, and especially the Vice President Student Activities, Michael Darlow, who put so much time and effort into creating a fun experience of University for the children.
If you would like to volunteer for our next Be Brunel, contact our Community Development Coordinator on Kerri.Prince@brunel.ac.uk