Creation of a Society: The Sikh Society


We recently got in touch with the Sikh Society, to find out all about their society from its beginnings. It is an intriguing society of enthusiastic members ­– great to join whether a Sikh or not. Have a look at the founders’ experiences creating their society; their motives, hopes, challenges and successes:
 

How was your society created?

“At this year’s Fresher’s Fayre, we eagerly tried to find the stall for the Sikh society, but were left disappointed to learn that the society was no longer running. So we met up with Dave Anson who encouraged us to restart the society. We got in touch with the SU and the British Organisation of Sikh Students (or BOSS ­- an organisation which helps run Sikh Societies nationally), and within a week we had our first sign up day. We also learnt that another small group of other students had tried to restart the same society, so we merged into one and successfully restarted the Sikh Society.”
 

Why did you choose to create the Sikh Society?

“Outside of London, Wolverhampton has the largest population of Sikhs. We were shocked to discover that despite this fact, the University did not have a Sikh Society. Our main reason to start the society was to educate people about Sikhism and what we as Sikhs stand for.”
 

The Sikh Society’s aims:

  • TO PROVIDE COMREHENSIVE TALKS ABOUT SIKHISIMS, BOTH EDUCATIONAL AND INSPIRATIONAL
  • BRING ALL FAITHS TOGETHER
  • CREATE A PLACE WHERE MEMBERS CAN SHARE THEIR OPINIONS WITHOUT BEING JUDGED
  • ENCOURAGE MEMBERS TO PROGRESS BOTH EDUCATIONALLY AND SPIRITUALLY
  • HOLD EVENTS AND TRIPS EACH SEMESTER
     

What kind of things do you typically get up to?

“We have weekly events throughout the semester. We start the week off with Punjabi and Santheya (reading Gurbani correctly) classes, then either a talk on a ‘Sikhi’ topic (given by society members or external scholars), or a social event. We’ve had two socials to date - one being a gaming event at Coco’s Dessert Factory.”
 

What is the best thing about being involved in a society?

“The best thing about being involved in a society is getting to meet new people; people who you can relate to, but would not necessarily come across through your course. Via a society you get the opportunity to make new friends who are at different stages of their university life. You also get to know the Students Union and form a strong relationship with them.”
 

What challenges have you faced in getting your society going?

“We were very lucky that it was so easy for us to restart the society, and faced hardly any challenges. We got a lot of support from the SU, BOSS and the chaplaincy.”
 

What is your proudest achievement in your society?

“Our proudest achievement this semester was winning the best logo competition (ran by the SU). Being a new society and competing against successful, long-running and established societies we did not think we would win. We’re very proud of how this semester went and of all the events we were able to run successfully. We’re hoping to have many more successful events next semester - our biggest event being ‘Langar’ to be held on Campus."
 

What skills have you learnt?

"We have learnt many skills. Team management via forming a successful committee. Communication, confidence and group speaking as society members deliver talks. Organising and creativity as we have had successful events."

 

Joining a society is a great way to meet new people, make friends and do what you love. Have a go at our very own Buzzfeed quiz – Which Society Should YOU Join? – or be creative and become the founder of your very own society with your best friends (and some new ones), learning new skills and enhancing your employability along the way. Not bad for doing something you love!

Check out our website (https://www.wolvesunion.org/societies/createasociety/) and get in contact for more details regarding joining or creating a society.

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