Student Life

Giving to charity is something that is very prominent here at Catz, whether that is in the form of volunteering, campaigning or fundraising. We are very lucky to have many of these opportunities right at our doorstep and some inspiring people to help us along the way.

There is such a huge variety to get involved with both in college and university-wide – from volunteering with the local community in Cambridgeshire to fundraising through a Harry Potter Fancy Dress Formal Dinner – so there is plenty for everyone to get involved in!

Check out the following information on the opportunities out there and how to get involved, and for up to date information about events going on within Catz and the University join this Facebook group!

Raising and Giving (RAG)

Cambridge RAG (Raising and Giving society) is one of the most popular charitable societies. RAG puts on some of the biggest events in Cambridge including a Blind Date event in February, escaping Cambridge in Jailbreak as well as our own College based event such as a family formal dinner, and events in our new college bar! For more information and to get involved on a college level (more people are always welcome!!), get in touch with Milly Cox (JCR Charities officer) or the RAG reps (Maisam Merali, Muhammed Khan and Sally Ledger) and check out the RAG website.

Charities at Catz

Catz itself hosts many great charities that hold events throughout the year. This includes CatzSAFE (Southern African Fund for Education) which holds fundraisers raising money for African Education projects (more information), NSPCC society, a branch of Amnesty International, reps from Cambridge Friends of MSF (Medecins Sans Frontieres) and many more.

For more information contact the JCR Charities officer – don’t be afraid to start your own charity or fundraiser if we don’t already have what you are looking for! There are plenty of people willing to help you get started – so don’t hesitate to get in touch!

The Hub

Cambridge Hub is a student led community working as part of the national Student Hubs network. This aims to get more students involved in social, environmental and charitable activity. The Hub can point you to many exciting events and opportunities in sectors such as international development, the environment, community volunteering or social enterprise, going on in Cambridge.

To sign on to the weekly bulletin go to Alternatively to see many ethical opportunities going on in Cambridge check out the ethical guide.

Cambridge Hub have also produced a “volunteer map”, shown below.

Volunteer map

Student Community Action (SCA)

Student Community Action is one of the predominant volunteering societies within Cambridge. SCA is an independent charity, which recruits and places student volunteers from the University of Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin University in any one of dozens of projects in Cambridge.

These projects include befriending the elderly, working with young children as well as teaching English as a second language. To find out more see their website.

Other Charitable Societies

The Cambridge University Student’s Union (CUSU) website also has an extensive list of charitable societies within Cambridge – and don’t hesitate to get in touch with the JCR Charities Officer, Milly Cox, if you need help deciding what is right for you/what to get involved in!