Changing Perceptions: The impact of Student volunteer innovation in rural communities

Location: Room 3.D.05, Edinburgh Napier University, Sighthill campus

Time: 16:30 – 18:30, 11 October 2017

Change is not a door you can open, it isn’t even a window you can climb to. Change is a process where it takes a hundred people to come together in order to build a hundred and one houses.

Student innovation can have a drastic impact in rural communities. We have partnered with First Aid Africa, an Edinburgh based charity funded by Heriott-Watt students around 6 years ago. What started as a student society has become a multi-national charitable organisations with more than 100k£ annual turn over and overwhelming support from partners including the Scottish government. They reach more than 4000 people a year with their international first aid teaching expeditions and currently run multiple social enterprises and student engagement projects.

16:30 Registration, pictures, music and Opening Statement

16:45 Sam Abrahams: Student Social Entrepreneurship: From student society to muli-national charity

17:20 Fidelma Began: Student Intrapreneurship

17:50 Lydia Novak and Emma Shields: International volunteering.

18:15 Gon Asla: Closing statement

About Changing Perceptions

Changing Perceptions is inspired by the potential that community activism holds towards the pace and nature of development. We stand by the idea that every person can contribute their time and energy towards a just development process. Through Changing Perceptions, we seek a powerful force that would enable everyone to contribute to encouraging curiosity as well as inculcating the culture of questioning the unquestioned.

In principal, it is an interactive workshop series organised by Bright Red Triangle and is open to students, staff and network partners aspiring to shape, share and develop ideas that encourage inclusion in a multi-cultural society, the economy, and diverse communities of Scotland.

The focus of the workshops is to consolidate the energies of staff and students from diverse backgrounds and nationalities residing in Scotland to inculcate in them a culture of questioning the ambiguity prevalent in the society and challenging the pre-conceived stereotypes.

**Please note: Any Edinburgh Napier University students or recent graduates who would like to attend this workshop, please book through your myFuture account online here. Please DO NOT book an eventbrite ticket if this applies to you. If you have any questions at all, please contact Cilla Richards via