Welcome to Make a Smile!
Who are we?
Make a Smile is a charity that started in Cardiff and now has loads of branches (or ‘Chapters’) across the country, including here in Leeds. We are a Leeds University Union society, but welcome anyone from nearby, student or not!
What do we do?
If you choose to become a volunteer for our society, you will get the opportunity to attend different ‘events'. This means you get the chance to visit children with illnesses or disabilities dressed as their favourite characters. Who doesn't want the opportunity to dress up as a Disney Princess or superhero??
But if dressing up isn't your thing, join us as our Magic Makers and help us bring our characters to life !
We run training sessions for all our members to help on their journeys to becoming fully-qualified volunteers. We offer a huge range of sessions, such as Acting, BSL, Autism Awareness and Working with Children.
You can also get the chance to work on specific skills i.e. BSL, to earn certificates showing your achievement in this area, and commitment to training (looks great on a CV)!!
We are a friendly society that loves to have fun and get to know each other outside of our volunteer duties! We have regular socials, whether that’s a wild night out or chilled pub trip, laser quest or bowling, an Otley Run or Fruity, we have loads planned for this upcoming year!
As a charity, one of our key focuses is fundraising. The money we raise goes towards buying new costumes and props so we can give children the best experiences possible! We do this through quizzes, raffles and events, and collaborations with other LUU societies. We’re always open to new ideas and exciting ways to fundraise, so hit us with any you’d like to take part in!
How do I sign up?
We’d love you to join us! We know it can be daunting joining a new society, especially as a fresher, but our committee members are working their absolute hardest to make sure you feel supported every step of the way. Don’t be nervous about signing up, we’re here to answer any of your questions! It’s a really easy process too, just go through the following steps…
Sign up to our volunteer database. Follow the link and then click 'Register'.
Buy our yearly membership, it’s only £3!
Watch and wait… We’ll send you over an email with some more information. This is the perfect opportunity to ask any questions you might have about all things Make a Smile!
Thanks so much for your interest, we’re super excited to get started this year. If you have anything at all you’d like to ask us, drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or message us on Instagram or through our Facebook page.
Can’t wait to meet you all!