(Original post by brendonbackflip)
I like all this animal love
Was it 'easy' to set up societies? ('easy' because it sounds like maintaining it is pretty difficult)
Me too. (:
Hmm. Yes and no.
The university (Lancaster) made it pretty easy - an exec, and fifteen 'member' signatures, and you're in. There are things you have to tick off throughout the year, but honestly, as a small society causing very little trouble and being 'low risk' health and safety-wise, we do what we like.
But we started in the middle of the year (so couldn't do freshers' fair etc) and we really struggled with getting quality members. Usually for a fundraiser it would be myself and the friend I set it up with, we would do everything ourselves. We had some good members but they would come and go, they didn't have the same love for the shelter and society as we did and it was just a bit of fun for them whereas we were trying to really start something, a strong link between the uni and the sanctuary. She also graduated, so I was so nervous I would be alone/have to give the society up purely from having a lack of 'real' members. Luckily I found one person who will take it over from me, but she still will have the same issue. People love animals, and people are happy to fundraise - but at the same time, they are not, hah. Unless you have the real love for the shelter itself as I and the two other girls do, sometimes the volunteering is a 'chore' just because it has the element of charity in it. Which is twisted, but true. So the real struggle has been getting commitment from members who are often all 'talk and no walk' haha.
Also, we have to bicker with the union quite a bit about a few things, and they've totally failed me on one occasion, which results in cutting some of our donations directly in half.
Just remembered - I'm also a member of an organic fruit, veg and wholefoods co-op society. It's great. We source brilliant foodstuffs from local and organic sources and sell them on campus in the weekly farmer's market. This society is especially not without its battles with the union, though. Grr. That's the main issue for most non-sporting societies; support when it matters.