Make University Life A Little Easier With Shareagift

Starting University can be an extremely daunting and stressful experience, you will most likely be moving to a new area, living with people you have never met before, having to absorb a lot of new information, and having to support yourself financially for the first time.

No matter how prepared you think you are for University there are always things that crop up that you haven’t budgeted for. You will most likely be given a reading list from each lecturer of books that you need to read during your module, many of which can often cost a lot of money. There will be things that after living on your own for a few days you will realise you need to buy, like earplugs to drown out the noise of the loud snorer next door, a tin opener (one of the most essential tools for any university student), or an internet cable because the Wi-Fi doesn’t quite reach your room.

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Through Shareagift you can set up a student page and add your parents, grandparents, aunties and uncles and any other family members that have said if you need any help just let us know. You can then send a message to them all by commenting on your page when you need to buy something that you haven’t budgeted for, and they can add the funds to your pot.

Once you have been living with in either halls or a house for a while you will most certainly decide that you need to buy a few things for the place to make it look a bit nicer. Or perhaps you were getting ready to go out and someone spilt wine all over the sofa which now needs replacing because you can’t get the stains or the smell out. Shareagift makes it easy for housemates to collect all their money in one place, you can see who has paid what and then withdraw all the funds in one go when you are ready to buy what you need.

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So, you have been at University for a few months now and in the first few weeks you decided to join the football team. Every year they go on a week away where you meet and play against other university teams. The only issue is that somehow you have found yourself in charge of collecting everyone’s money and paying for the trip. With Shareagift you can create a page for the trip, post the link on your team’s Facebook page and ask everyone to go on and pay. You will be able to easily see who has paid what, and all the money will be kept in a safe and secure location until the time comes when you need to withdraw the funds and pay for the trip.

It’s your housemate’s birthday and you want to throw a big house-party for them, the only problem is that the monthly bills have just come out and you’re running really low on funds until the next instalment of your student loan comes in. With Shareagift you can create a private page and invite their friends via email to join the group and contribute some money towards decorating the house, buying the food and drink, and getting them an amazing gift.

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So for those of you heading to Univserity over the next few weeks don’t forget to keep Shareagift in mind when you need help with collecting funds for a trip, throwing an amazing event, buying ear plugs to drown out your neighbours snoring, or replacing a stain covered sofa!

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Where Should I Volunteer?

Do you have some time off this year? Perhaps you have an extended summer break, maybe you have just finished your studies and are contemplating what to do next, or perhaps you are no longer working as often as you used to and have a lot of free time on your hands.

Here at Shareagift we have seen hundreds of projects and campaigns over the years where groups have raised money to sponsor people to go help in far away countries, build or resurrect community projects, and even run a sponsored abseil down the side of a church! If you want to give something back to the world we live in then perhaps one of the following endeavours may interest you…

The Internet is awash with people crying out for volunteers, and it is very easy to get lost in the sheer amount of projects that are available to us now. Over summers it has become very popular to take some time out and go to work abroad in countries that are struggling and need help. Be that helping to build structures for families to live and learn in, working to help teach in areas where education is needed, or working to comfort and heal the sick. The first thing to think about if you are considering working abroad is where do your skills lie? Are you good with people or do you have experience in construction? Take a look at how two of our Shareagifters recently visited Nepal and raised money to help victims of the recent earthquake.

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The next thing to think about is how far away you are willing to travel, remember that working in deprived areas can be very dangerous, how long is your journey going to be to get back home if you have an accident or something goes wrong? The third main point to reflect on is how much your trip is going to cost you and if you can’t afford it how many people do you know that may be willing to sponsor you?

If your considering helping out a little closer to home then again there are so many different projects and charities that you can get involved in. Is there a project in your local community that is close to your heart? This could be something as small as helping to pick up litter around your street to getting involved with building a local park or setting up a youth group.

Even if you only have a few hours a week to dedicate to helping others places like charity shops, youth groups and retirement homes are often crying out for volunteers to either cover shifts or just help out around the place. By doing this you are not only just helping others but it gives you a chance to work within the wider community with people that you may not necessarily encounter in your everyday life.

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Once you decide what you would like to do come and take a look at Shareagift and see whether we could help you in your role. Whether it’s collecting sponsor money for a trip abroad, raising funds for a local project, or collecting money to pay to run activities within your local community, with our newly added option of being able to donate using gift aid we are the perfect platform to help you raise funds.

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Giving Back

When a loved one passes away it can be an extremely emotional and difficult time. Many people find it hard to approach the subject of arranging the funeral and it has become in many societies a taboo subject that people try to avoid talking about as they believe it can cause more upset and heart ache.

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Unfortunately when someone passes away there is a lot to sort out, this can be especially difficult if their is a limited budget.

Helen decided to set up a Shareagift page dedicated to her friend Sue who had sadly passed away. Sue dedicated her life to helping others, not only did she do an amazing job at this, but much of her time was spent raising money for charities in many different and imaginative ways. Helen described Sue as the most kind, warm hearted lady that she and many others had ever met.

Helen set up the Shareagift page in Sue’s memory and invited some of the people that Sue had touched during her lifetime. This has lead to an overwhelming outpour of messages and donations with everyone wanting to raise as much money as possible to give her the perfect send off she deserves.

The page goal was set at £2,000 and has now gone well over £4,000 with donations still pouring in.

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“Sue Valentine was the heart and soul of charities, always thinking about others before herself, she was an inspirational women to everyone! With the help of Shareagift the response we had was phenomenal to helping raise money for her two children to give their mum Sue the very best send off she deserves”

A Sharing Economy

It only takes a small observation to notice that we are becoming more and more reliant on services that allow us to share amongst ourselves. If we think about some of today’s fastest growing apps and services, many of them seem to be dependant upon sharing.

The app Uber came out of nowhere and is gaining popularity and headlines across the globe. The app provides a taxi service for people who need a lift. If you have a car and a driving licence and are in the area then you can become one of their drivers. The service has caused a lot of commotion across the globe. Last year taxi drivers in France were slating the service in the news because it is stealing their fares and they are not paying any taxi licensing fees.

Another service that seems to have grown in leaps and bounds over the past couple of years is Airbnb. This service let’s you rent out a house, a flat or a room in someone’s home rather than staying at a hotel. The service is usually cheaper than b&bs and hotels and offers the guest some company if they are travelling alone.

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The group-funding site Shareagift is also seeing users flood their site looking to collect money for all sorts of things from charitable causes to birthday parties and wedding gifts. Group-funding is becoming more and more popular with people being able to achieve goals together that they wouldn’t necessarily be able to reach on their own.

Shared workspaces in offices are also becoming more popular, especially within companies who offer part time contracts. These shared workspaces mean that companies save money because they don’t have to have a computer and a desk for each person working there.

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The popularity of these services confirms the move towards collaborative consumption with people wanting to share rather than having individual ownership. We are already beginning to see shifts away from owning our own means of transport. Boris bikes in London are a perfect example of people no longer needing to own a bicycle.

In certain areas of France you can hire keys, which allow you to drive a number of electric cars. You just drive to your destination and when you are done someone else can hop in and drive off. Last year Paris launched an electric scooter rental scheme for those who don’t wish to use rental bikes to get around the capital. This is part of a plan to try and reduce the number of cars in the city and if it succeeds it could be rolled out in other major cities across the world including London.

If this trend carries on, eventually the majority of products and services that we use will become shared and we will no longer see the need to own bikes, cars or even homes. The world is changing so get ready to become a lot more generous!

Crowdfunding Vs. Group-Funding

Crowdfunding Vs. Group-Funding

One of the questions that always crops up when we are talking to people about Shareagift is what is the difference between group-funding (what we do) and crowdfunding? In some ways they are quite similar and in others they are very different. In order to answer this question we need to look at the key features of both, let’s start with crowdfunding.

Crowdfunding…

..is where a number of unrelated people back or invest in a project.

..has a limited deadline, which is usually thirty days.

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..is usually restricted to specific rules where certain campaigns are not allowed.

..cannot be used by private individuals or charities.

..usually has a rule where if the goal is not reached the raised cash is refunded.

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..can be difficult, as when you create a campaign you usually need to provide detailed and accurate information about what you are raising money for.

..can take a long time to set up.

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Group-Funding (Social Gifting)…

..is where groups can fundraise for anything and everything.

..is specifically designed for private groups, clubs, communities, families, and charities.

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..can have no deadline.

..can be made public or can be kept private as an invite only campaign.

..is ideal for group gifts, personal projects, community projects, emergency funds, medical treatments and charitable causes.

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..can be used to raise funds for any type of campaign but is not suited for financing products or start-ups.

..is quick and easy to set up, customise and activate.

For more information on how group-funding works visit the how it works section of our website or get in touch with a member of our team at community@shareagift.com.

Incredible Facts About Teachers

It is getting to that time of year when you wave goodbye to your teacher and it suddenly dawns on you just how much they have had an influence on your life over the past year or so. Students a plenty have been flooding to Shareagift over the past few weeks to create gift pages for their favourite teachers, encouraging fellow students and even faculty members to come together and buy something extra special.

In honour of teachers across the world we have found 10 amazing facts about teachers that you probably didn’t know (providing your not a teacher of course!)

In the US since 1950, there has been a 96% increase in students and a 252% increase in teaching staff.

Approximately 92.4% of teachers spend their own money on their students or classrooms!

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76% agree that many of the smartest people in society don’t go into teaching because being a teacher doesn’t pay enough.

Mr T, Hugh Jackman and Sylvester Stallone have all been gym teachers!

On average, teachers work an average of 10 hours per day and 52 hours per week.

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In colonial times and into the early decades of the 19th century, most teachers were men. From the 1820s to 1830s, as more public schools were built and more men were siphoned off by more prestigious professions, women began to take over the schoolroom. The feminisation of teaching not only changed how society perceived women, but how women perceived themselves.

In 2008 Alia Sabur became the youngest college professor at just 19 years old!

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This year marked the 102nd birthday of Agnes Zhelesnik, who is thought to be the world’s oldest teacher!

A Polish teacher named Errol Muzawazi holds the Guinness world record for the longest lecture by doing 121 hours of non-stop teaching!

Finally did you know that teachers make 14% less than people in other professions that require similar levels of education? Come together this year with fellow students, faculty members or parents and show your teacher just how much they mean to you.

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Fantastic Father’s Day Gifts

We have father’s day coming up here in the UK on June the 19th and we have already seen a number of Shareagift pages spring up where families have been coming together to ensure that this father’s day is extra special! In celebration of the upcoming event we have found some fantastic ideas for you to make this father’s day one to remember.

Experiences are always memorable and offer that something a bit extra special, this year Not On The Highstreet are offering up an East London canal boat overnight stay experience. With a huge double bed, wood burning stove and waterway views this unique experience offers something truly special in the heart of the capital.

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The Whiskey Exchange offers up some great luxury gift packs in the form of a number of different alcoholic drinks. These range from luxury whiskey, gins, vodkas and even champagne! Some of our favourites gift packs include the Jonnie Walker cube collection, the gin blending kit, and the Jim Bean signature craft pack.

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Handpicked Collection have a number of luxury mens grooming kits which could make the perfect present on father’s day. Whether it is beard trimming, moustache shaping or a clean shave, they have a kit for every father! We especially liked the gentlemen’s tonic shave gift set which comes with pre-Shave Oil (50 ml), Traditional Shave Cream (125 g), Soothing After-Shave Balm (100 ml) and a genuine Badger Brush!

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Vinyl record sales have skyrocketed over the past couple of years and a lot of artists are now releasing their latest albums on vinyl. Amazon have written a great buying guide on turntables to help ensure that you chose the perfect model. A number of them even have the ability to play cassette tapes, CDs and vinyls, a must for any music loving father!

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Shareagift makes it easy to bring friends and family together and collect money for amazing gifts, experiences and events. Just head over to Shareagift.com, create a page, invite friends and family and get collecting!

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