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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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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Top 5 Gifts For The Family Who Has Everything

The holidays are just around the corner and it’s come to that time of year when we need to buy gifts for friends, family and colleagues. Everyone has that person on their gift list who is just impossible to buy for!

To help you out and give you a bit of inspiration we have chosen our top gift for each member of the family. So come together this year with friends, family and colleagues and use Shareagift to collect money for the perfect gift no matter who it’s for!

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It has happened to the best of us, sitting on the train about to call home to say we will be back shortly and suddenly we realise that the mobile’s gone dead. Surely with todays technology you would think that they would have invented phone batteries that actually last a whole day. Well while we are waiting for them to hurry up and invent them, why not buy that special someone who is never available the power wallet. Now they will never have an excuse for not getting back to you!

£59.99/$91.70 or £5.99/$9.17 split between 10 people

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A gift for the woman you know who is on her feet all day long either working, looking after the kids, or exercising down the gym. The heated footplate not only offers health benefits for your feet, it relaxes the user, warms their feet and gives them a sensual massage which is especially good during the winter months.

£39.95/$61.08 or £4.00/$6.11 split between 10 people

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Kids love games that they can play with their parents, especially during the holiday season. So rather than buying them an Xbox or Playstation game that will mean you not seeing them for the next few weeks why not invest in a giant Jenga! Fun for everyone, young and old and is a great party starter!

£100/$152.94 or £10/$15.25 split between 10 people

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The retro slush maker is an amazing gift for anyone with a sweet tooth. It not only makes delicious slushies and soft ice cream but it looks amazing too with a 1950s retro style. The internet is full of different recipe ideas for them to try or they can go about creating their own concoctions.

£64.95/$99.36 or £6.50/$9.94 split between 10 people

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Finding gifts for babies should not be so hard! It is often difficult to know what to get a new baby and friends and family often end up buying the same gifts as there is only so much you can buy them. Step up the personalised baby blanket! These blankets are stylish, perfect for keeping babies warm and can have their name put on them making them an extremely personal present.

£40/$61.17 or £4/$6.12 split between 10 people

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So there you have it! You no longer have en excuse for buying a boring, last minute gift for that person who you always struggle to find something for. Come together with friends and family and use Shareagift to collect money online for the perfect gift this holiday.

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Top 5 Weirdest Beer Flavours

Save With Shareagift Towards … An Alternative Experience

Are you tired of drinking the same old beers every time you go out? Or perhaps you are looking for something a bit different? If so now is the time to get out there and start exploring! We have put together our top 5 bizarre yet tasty beer flavours that you must give a whirl!

1. Pizza Beer

Brewed by Mamma Mia! Pizza Beer, this is in fact the ‘World’s First Culinary Beer’ brewed from garlic, tomatoes, basil and oregano to give it that pizza flavour. Pizza Beer was created in an attempt to develop the right type of beer that could be paired with several variety of foods. Available at several stores, you can also buy it online.

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2. Bacon Maple Ale

Brewed by Rogue Ales, the Bacon Maple Ale has a rich amber colour to it, with the aroma of maple and spicy bacon luring you to it. A doughnut inspired beer, this Bacon Maple Ale was brewed to be paired with desserts, doughnuts and pork. Although it is no longer brewed it is still possible to get your hands on if you look in the right places!

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3. Coconut Curry Beer

Flavoured with coconut, cayenne, cinnamon, coriander, ginger and lime leaf, this beer is brewed by New Belgium Brewing. You can pair this beer with Indian food and other hot curries for a perfect dinner, a great alternative i Cobra!

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4. Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout

Don’t be misled by the name ‘oyster stout’ as this beer is brewed from roasted bull testicles. Brewed by Wynkoop Brewing Company, this beer has a rich brown colour to it along with flavours of chocolate, espresso and nuts. Meant for a limited release, this flavour of beer was so popular that they kept brewing it past the limited release dates and it is still available today.

5. Avocado Ale

Brewed by Angel City Brewery, this beer contains avocado, garlic, red pepper, lime juice and cilantro. Probably the most popular drink at the Avocado Festival in LA, the Avocado Ale goes best with tacos and takes very limited preparation time. A guacamole inspired beer, you will have to go to the festival to try this one out.

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If this has inspired you to try something new then why not host your own beer tasting evening? Alternatively if you don’t feel like hosting there is sure to be a beer tasting inspired festival or group experience near you. If you live in the UK, Virgin offer a wide range of beer tasting experiences across that country that are worth checking out. Be it hosting a dinner party or finding some new exciting experiences, use Shareagift to collect money online from friends and plan the perfect event or group gift an amazing experience for someones leaving do, birthday, stag or hen.

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Collecting Money From Colleagues Across The World

Save With Shareagift Towards … A Leaving Gift

Oliver was put in charge of organising a leaving gift for his friend and colleague Kat who was leaving work to relocate to Miami. We spoke to him about his experience using Shareagift and the challenge he faced in collecting money from colleagues across the world.

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What gave you the idea to create a page and start collecting money for Kat’s gift? 

I wanted to organise a leaving gift for Kat, who is a colleague and has been with our company for 11 years, but she had been working in remote locations across the USA and in Asia.

I was faced with the challenge of collecting money from people who live across the world in remote locations. The collection scheme service that Shareagift provides was perfect as I did not have to worry about collecting money from people living in places like Singapore, where they have very complex banking transfer systems.

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How helpful has this page been in collecting money together?

It was brilliant, fast and convenient for everyone living outside the UK. Also, those living in the UK contributed to the page as they are less and less used to carry cash around.

What gift will you be getting Kat?

Kat is relocating to Miami with her family. We are offering her spa treatment in one of these big hotels on the Florida Coast to relax after the relocation stress!

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If you were to set up a new Shareagift page what and who would it be for?

Any friend or colleague that I want to organise a collection for, it’s so convenient!

Through Shareagift Oliver was able to collect £160 from friends and colleagues across the world for an amazing spa treatment for Kat. Shareagift helps companies across the world collect money for group leaving and retirement gifts to send colleagues off in style.

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Coping When Co-worker’s Leave The Company

“We all take different paths in life, but no matter where we go, we take a little of each other everywhere.” ― Tim McGraw

Why Does Leaving A Company Cause Panic?

When a co-worker leaves the company it can be a disruptive, upsetting and stressful time for their fellow colleagues. Employees can often take someone leaving the company to heart, especially if they work closely with them or they are in charge of them.

As a company you need to remind your employees that their job isn’t right for everyone, and people can often change career path, move away or move on to a more senior role somewhere else.

Many employees can often get angry or annoyed at one of their co-workers leaving as they may feel like they are being left behind or they may be concerned with the gap in the workforce that their colleague is leaving. In many instances it can be difficult to fill a position, especially if the role requires a lot of training and employees may be concerned that they will have to pick up the extra workload.

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Supporting Colleagues Who Are Moving On

If they are leaving for a better position the company should feel proud that they have provided them with the relevant skills and experience for them to have secured themselves a more senior role somewhere else.

Rather than getting annoyed or concerned about a colleague leaving, companies need to support them by providing them with a positive experience from the minute they decide to leave until their last day.

By providing them with a positive experience it will leave them with fond memories of the company and this may result in them recommending it to friends or their new colleagues as a great place to work. It can even result in the employee returning in the future.

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How We Can Help

Everyday people use Shareagift to collect money for leaving and retirement gifts for friends and colleagues at work. Employees from companies including Tesco, Morgan Stanley, IBM and IMG have all successfully used Shareagift to collect money for leaving and retirement gifts for fellow colleagues, giving them a positive experience when leaving the company.

Shareagift not only provides an easy way to collect money online, but it brings people together for a common cause and makes the recipient of the gift feel valued. It also gives those who have contributed, a way to say goodbye with an amazing leaving or retirement gift to show their support in their decision to move on and to show them how much they have had an impact, not just the company, but on the people that work there.

‘Just as I was starting to feel a little alone in the world, getting this gift and seeing a nice list of people who really are there for me was the perfect reminder that I needed’ – Kasondra.

Here are a couple of recent examples of people who have used Shareagift to collect money online to send their colleagues off in style!

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Head over to Shareagift to start a leaving or retirement fund, or get in touch with us at community@shareagift.com for more information on how we could help you.

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