Making giving easy

Alison's ambition

When dealing with University stress, societal pressures and life’s ups and downs, helping others has always given me happiness, yet I can see how the busy student may find themselves too occupied to contribute to helping others through no fault of their own. Due to their busy lifestyle, on average, only 24% of students give to charity on at least a monthly basis. This is a great shame as the student population has and can make a real difference to the world around us.

As a member of Glasgow University Service to the Homeless, the SRC Conversational Volunteer scheme and the Director of Charity for the 2018-2019 Glasgow University Charity Fashion show, I have seen the immense power of the student body and the difference we can make in the struggle against prominent world problems. We are the generation that will, not long from now, become the leaders of our society, and it is important that we bring with us a fundamental desire to help others in need.

I’d like to see a round-up payment system implemented in University buildings whereby students can donate to charity at a click of a button (gone are the days of loose change). More too, I’d like to see the introduction of student-run waste supermarkets across campus. I would love to see charity and goodwill at the heart of University life and I am hopeful that with little steps like this, giving back to the community will become a daily habit in students’ lives.

Alison's progress