Love Another Mother

Love Another Mother

This Mothers Day, UniCrew Volunteers was pumped to team up with the students from Te Rōpū Pūtaiao (Maori Science Students Association) to run the Love Another Mother campaign.

Love Another Mother is a response to the increasing number of women left in vulnerable circumstances in our community. While help is being given, we know that not enough donations are being made specifically for women. This lead to the founding of ‘Love Another Mother’.

The mission was to make up 100 ‘care packages’ for women and to donate them to the Dunedin Women’s Refuge in time for Mothers Day (Sunday 8 May). With $1000 of funds donated and a whopping load of physical donations (pads, tampons, lip balms, soaps, shampoos, deodorants, razors, creams), there will be SO MANY CARE PACKAGES. The response from University of Otago students and staff has been amazing!

Love Another Mother has touched more than a few hearts. A cheeky couple of mums and grandmothers of the girls from TRP nominated the campaign to be covered by Seven  Sharp. Keep an eye out on the tele this Thursday!

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#TEDTalk Tuesday: Original Thinkers

#TEDTalk Tuesday: Original Thinkers

The UniCrew manifesto is all about the new, the creative and the fresh ideas that enable us to help link students with volunteering and volunteering opportunities. Creativity is essential.

This week on #TEDTalkTuesday, Adam Grant discuss the mind of  the ‘originals’, the dreamers who come up with new ideas. You can learn the 3 habits of these sorts of people, and how these ideas can be implemented into our work!

You can also check out the book, Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World. I’m adding it to my must-read list.


Confessions of a Master Procrastinator

Confessions of a Master Procrastinator

Time: 1:57am
Assignment word count: 1026/3000
Due: 9:00am

If you at all relate to the above, welcome to my world.

I would consider myself a true master of very few things in life, but I could teach a comprehensive course on how to procrastinate.

I could write a great thesis on it, if I wasn’t too busy procrastinating.

Even in writing this post I am procrastinating from about 10 other things that I should be doing.

And maybe thats the problem. I think of myself as a ‘productive’ procrastinator. This means I procrastinate by doing things that are less urgent than the assignment I should be writing. The issue here is that it makes me feel like I am still technically doing something, and hence takes away some of the guilt and panic I feel about the 3000 word research proposal that I should have finished by now.

But the problem with being busy, and being a so-called productive procrastinator, is that there is never any shortage of things to do to procrastinate from the thing which has the most imminent deadline.

I have been asked many times how do I do everything I need to do, and still function as a coherent human being. And there is no easy answer, plus sometimes I don’t sleep, as evidenced by me currently writing this at 2am.

But there are some things I have picked up that help alleviate procrastination. These might seem obvious to some people who actually have their lives together* but it took me a while to learn.

*by this I mean people who do their laundry BEFORE they run out of clothes.

1. Try to love what you do.

This is easier said than done for some people. But this is the single biggest thing that has changed the way I work. If I actually give a shit about what I am working on, the chances of me actually finishing a task are much higher.
This applies across the board, and there are ways to change your work into something you care at least a little bit about. Wherever possible, pick an assignment topic you are actually interested in, as opposed to one you think will be easy.
If you are lucky enough to have a job you love, good for you (but also I sort of hate you). If not, try turning a retail or service job into something more interesting by making friends and finding the comedy in the mundane.

2. Try to plan ahead.

A calendar app on my phone has changed my life. Google Calendar is fine but I personally use the free app Sunrise because it lets you combine multiple calendars (including FB events) in one place. Set your reminders well and then you never have to remember a thing about your life ever again, because trying to remember things like meetings, birthdays and due dates is half the battle. Taking away that stress helps immensely.

3. Give yourself permission to have bad days.

Sometimes things just don’t go your way. Handing an assignment a day late or forgetting a deadline seems horrific at the time, but I can promise you will survive.
Theres nothing wrong with holding yourself to a high standard. But beating yourself up isn’t constructive.

Theres a fine line between acknowledging failure and clinging to it. 

– The Master Procrastinator

#TEDTalkTuesday : How great leaders inspire action

#TEDTalkTuesday : How great leaders inspire action

Here at UniCrew we are always asking questions about leadership. What is it, how can we do it better, what does it mean for our community?

One of our favourite talks on the subject comes from Simon Sinek, and is especially relevant in a volunteering context. We are constantly encountering people who through their passion and drive for their work, inspire others to step up and take part.

We love that in particular, this talk speaks on why it is so important for leaders to find their ‘WHY’, their reason for doing what they do. The motivation and drive behind your work is just as important as the work itself.

The impact of thinking about your leadership style and how you work as a leader is huge, as it can enable you to reach more people, spread your ideas further and ultimately be a better member of any community, especially a volunteering community.



#TEDTalkTuesday begins!

#TEDTalkTuesday begins!

Here at UniCrew we think inspiration is key. Thats why we love keeping up with the latest news, following our favourite blogs and stalking our favourite companies to find out how they do what they do. We are looking forward to sharing all of these things in the coming weeks, but for now let us turn to one of our other favourite sources of inspirations:


We frigging love TED Talks. And thats why every Tuesday here on the blog, we want to share our favourites, in a new feature we are calling TED Talk Tuesdays (the alliteration is very important).

First up: one of our favourite talks which inspired and informed a number of our projects.

Candy Chang, an artist from New Orleans, looked at her community and saw an opportunity for connection. An abandoned house formed the canvas on which she asked people a simple question: Before I die I want to____…..

The results were poignent, funny and touching. You can watch the talk to check it out for yourself.

Her talk inspired us to make our own Before I Die installation:

before i die

Stay tuned next week for the #TEDTalkTuesday, and keep being inspired.