What a past couple of weeks it has been! The unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic has affected the entire country, and we are all in the process of adapting to uncertain times. Along with the rest of the organisation, Student Opportunities and us Sabbatical Officers are now working from home.
However, this does not mean the end for sports clubs and societies, we have worked ourselves into a fantastic position where we are able to carry on as usual – or at least as close to it as possible.
Luckily, we are still able to use our CRM system Freshdesk to deal with the multiple queries coming in from student group committees every day. We have been helping groups to adapt to new circumstances and see how we can achieve their plans for the near future.
We speak on behalf of the entire team when we say we are thankful for the patience committees have shown us, and we are working hard to sort all of your requests and answer your questions.
We are both also contactable via email if you have any direct questions and issues. Unless we are on annual leave, the team will be working usual office hours 9am - 4:30pm/5pm. Of course, with the nature of working from home comes slightly flexible hours depending on how different people work, but we will aim to reply in the quickest possible time!
Elections for clubs, societies and media outlets is a vital point of the year as it allows groups to elect their leaders for the next 12 months. We have the ability to run this process online and therefore continue as normal with the elections.
There are some differences however, we are encouraging groups to host their own virtual hustings and will be pushing out guidance around this in due course. We have been working with groups to make sure all committee positions are updated in time for nominations opening at 10am on Friday 3 April.
Check out the Elections hub
We know this is a while away, but it’s important for us to plan how we could potentially offer training in an online setting rather than in person, especially with an unknown timescale for this pandemic.
We have made a lot of positive changes with regards to this training and we are going to start planning this soon. Rest assured that new committees will be trained regardless of the national context!
Groups have become used to the frequent club and society drop-ins that your Sports Clubs Coordinator Megan Beddoe, and Societies & Media Groups Coordinator Laura Black have been running this year.
The current situation means that we have had to drop this as we rehabilitate at home. However, we are now exploring ways that we can have face-to-face catch-ups online through video calling for groups that have more pressing questions or need advice around next steps.
Keep your ears open for more information about this coming soon!
If you have any questions or queries, you can contact us by email or via our social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram).
Sophia Bolton (VP Societies & Media) - firstname.lastname@example.org / @RHSUSocs
Dom Brown (VP Sport) - email@example.com / @RHSUSport
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