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Do something amazing in your spare time: Independent Visitor Programme

Want to do something amazing in your spare time? Coram Voice are recruiting Independent Visitors to volunteer in Manchester and throughout the North West.

“Independent Visitors” are to help young people in care to meet their full potential. You will be important to the child who you visit and befriend and will provide a listening ear and do fun activities with them. You will receive full training, support for yourself and be put in touch with other Independent Visitors for peer support and advice. You will also receive expenses. The biggest reward, though, is that knowing you are doing something worthwhile with a young person and giving them the opportunity to develop a meaningful relationship. We are particularly interested to hear from males and people from black minority ethnic groups who are under-represented in our service.

We are running two information sessions at the University of Manchester, where you can come along and find our more. One on 27 February 5:30 – 6:30pm and one on 8 March 1:30 – 2:30pm.

To book – please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/independent-visitor-information-session-tickets-31258676543

Download information brochure – Manchester IV leaflet for potential volunteers 2017 (pdf)

My experiences of being an Independent visitor: “Independent visitors (“IVs”) are adults who are trained up and supported be a trusted friend and informal mentor to one of Manchester’s many young people who are in care. I’ve been an IV myself, and really enjoyed it, and I’m happy to answer any questions. It was incredibly rewarding getting to know a remarkable young person, increased my cinema-going and kept me up-to-date with slang. –  Emma Lewis-Kalubowila (Emma.Lewis-Kalubowila@manchester.ac.uk)

Outreach Volunteers Required for TeenTech Manchester – 27 April 2016

Do you work in a job related so Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths?

We are looking for volunteers to be STEM Ambassadors at TeenTech Manchester on 27 April 2016.

No previous experience is needed – so this is a good way for you and/or a friend or colleague (who are interested in outreach) to get involved for one day. You would be paired up with a group of 10 Year 9 pupils in the University on a visit day.

It’s a really fun and enjoyable event – and not hard work for volunteers (but great experience)!

For more info contact: emma.lewis@manchester.ac.uk

Would you like to become a Dementia Friend?

To find out more, book your place on one of the monthly information sessions between December 2014 and July 2015

Dementia Friends is a national initiative run by Alzheimer’s Society and one of the University’s social responsibility flagship programmes.

Raising awareness of dementia is one very small step that we can all take to make a difference, regardless of whether we have any direct experience of dementia. Dementia Friends aims to improve people’s understanding of dementia and its effects. The Alzheimer’s Society is working with lots of volunteers and organisations, including the University, to achieve this goal. Because, together, we can create dementia friendly communities.

Since the initiative was launched nine months ago, over 30 members of staff at the University have undertaken training to become Dementia Friends Champions. These champions have committed to delivering Dementia Friends information sessions both in their local communities and across the University.

We have scheduled an information session each month from December until July 2015. Information sessions only last an hour and are designed to help people build a better understanding of dementia and understand what part they can play in creating a dementia-friendly society.

Booking: If you would like to become a Dementia Friend, then please book yourself a place on an information session at:

STDU Training Catalogue: Dementia Friends Information Session

Further information: For more information about the Dementia Friends programme, please visit: Social Responsibility

Dementia Friends Training session

Wednesday 10 September, 12-1pm, in the Jean McFarlane Building
Making a Difference

Dementia Friends is one of the University’s Social Responsibility flagship programmes. Raising awareness of dementia is one very small step that we can all take to make a difference.

Simon Burrow, from the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, will be delivering a Dementia Friends training session at the Jean McFarlane Building on Wednesday 10 September, from 12-1pm.

The session which will last about 45 minutes will look at various aspects of dementia, how individuals can recognise signs of dementia and offer support and understanding.

By attending a short training course and raising awareness with friends, family and colleagues, you can make a difference to lives of people living with dementia.

If you would like to attend please email simon.burrow@manchester.ac.uk. Places are limited and will be offered on a first-come first-served basis.

Volunteer with the x-change

Applications for the 2014 x-change are now OPEN! Application deadline – 17.00, 16 July 2014 

Be a part of the British Science Festival, in Birmingham September 2014 – Become an x-change volunteer!

Apply here.

This is the perfect opportunity for those with a particular interest in science communication to work on one of the most popular parts of the British Science Festival: the live (and lively) daily round-up of the best bits of the Festival – the x-change!

It’s a great chance to gain experience in producing science communication events and media. You will be involved in the whole production of the event from speaker selection to event management each day. It’s also an excellent opportunity to take part in the UK’s longest-established science festival and have many chances to network with some of the UK’s top science communicators. We will also cover your travel expenses, food and accommodation for the duration of the Festival in exchange for your time and hard work.

What does it take to be an x-change volunteer?

We’re looking for confident, creative and hard-working people with the ability to be proactive and work to tight deadlines. You must be a team player and adaptable to new ideas. A genuine enthusiasm for science communication is essential, as is an interest in podcasting. We’re looking for people with great ideas and attitude but may not have had the opportunity to put these into practice yet.

This role is designed to give you great experience in science events or broadcasting, if you’re looking to start a career in science communication but haven’t had a lot of experience yet, this could be the role for you! It would particularly suit those doing an MSc in Science Communication or hoping to do so but this is not essential.

The x-change team take part in five intense days of work, starting at 8.30am and ending each day at around 6.00pm. You must also be free for the x-change training day and you will be required to do some preparation work before the Festival.

As part of the x-change team you would be involved in all aspects of running the event from production and publicity to blog-writing and podcast editing.

If you’ve got any questions about being part of the x-change team, get in touch with the organisers here.

Find out more about past volunteers:

Time commitment:

If you wish to volunteer for the x-change, you must be able to meet the following time commitments:

  • Team briefing day – 24 or 25 July 2014, London – date TBC
  • Some (online) preparation work before the Festival – emailing speakers, planning shows etc
  • Attending the British Science Festival and being willing to relocate to Birmingham for the duration – 6-11 September 2014

Did you volunteer for the University on 16 May – National Day of Volunteering (Give and Gain Day)?

You may be aware that 16 May was National Day of Volunteering and that the University contributed by participating in ‘Give and Gain Day’. This is an initiative organised by Business in the Community (BiTC)* that encourages employers to target staff volunteering activity onto this particular day to effect a groundswell and maximise the impact of staff participation on a global scale.

In addition to the formally brokered ‘BiTC Give and Gain projects’ that some University teams signed up for, we have the opportunity to contribute further to the success of the day by recording ANY staff volunteering activity that took place on 16 May. Consequently, if you are aware of University supported staff volunteering (e.g. School Governors, Public Engagement, team development volunteering events) that are happening in your area, please would you please let susan.field@manchester.ac.uk know about it by answering the following brief questions:

  • No. of employee volunteers
  • Approximately how many hours (in total) were given to this activity on 16 May?
  • Please give a short description of the activity you took part in.
  • Name of beneficiary organisation
  • Beneficiary postcode (if known)
  • Did you work in collaboration with other companies on the day?
  • Brief details of who

* ‘Business in the Community’ (BiTC) brings together like-minded organisations to use their ideas, talents and resources to enhance their social responsibility impact. The University became a member of BiTC in Summer 2013 in support of our social responsibility agenda.

Thank you in anticipation of your help!

Susan Field, Head of Human Resources,  HR Office,  Faculty of Engineering & Physical 

Volunteering Opportunity: Independent visitor scheme

Want to do something amazing in your spare time? Manchester Children’s Rights are recruiting Independent Visitors to volunteer in Manchester and throughout the North West.

“Independent Visitors” are to help young people in care to meet their full potential. You will be important to the child who you visit and befriend and will provide a listening ear and do fun activities with them. You will receive full training, support for yourself and be put in touch with other Independent Visitors for peer support and advice. You will also receive expenses. The biggest reward, though, is that knowing you are doing something worthwhile with a young person and giving them the opportunity to develop a meaningful relationship.

We are particularly interested to hear from males and people from Black minority ethnic groups who are under-represented in our service. We are also interested in hearing form retired professionals who have experience of working with young people such as those from police, probation and fire services.

More details (pdf) – 63675 Visitor Scheme [adult]_v4

Application details (doc) – IV Application

If you are interested or want to know more, please get in touch with peter.clarke@manchester.gov.uk or call 0800 032 5647

Posted by Emma Lewis, UG Recruitment and Widening Participation Officer (Academic Enrichment STEM)

University of Manchester Volunteer of the Year Awards (Deadline 21 March 2014)

Celebrating community action

Every year the University celebrates through the Volunteer of the Year Awards the actions of staff, students and alumni who give their time and commitment to communities locally, national and internationally.

Previous nominees have taken on a wide range of role to support vulnerable members of the community both in the UK and overseas, including support to the homeless, the elderly, those in crisis and those living in poverty. They have done this through mobilising local communities, raising vital funds and providing one to one support.

Nominations are now open for the 2014 awards with three categories:

  • Student of the Year – open to any current undergraduate or postgraduate of the University of Manchester. This award is in association with University of Manchester Students’ Union.
  • Staff of the Year – to any current staff member of the University.
  • Alumni of the Year – to any graduate of The University of Manchester (including Victoria University and UMIST).

To be eligible for these awards, the activities must address disadvantaged groups or deprived communities. Nominations should also not be for work that is part of a nominee’s job but be over and above that which is expected.

Each winner receives a cheque, made out to the organisation that they support: £300 for the overall winner, and £200 and £100 for the 2nd and 3rd place runners up. In addition the overall winner in each category is put forward for the University Social Responsibility Award, one of the President’s Distinguished Achievement Awards.

For more information and to make a nomination go to: www.manchester.ac.uk/volunteeroftheyear

To inspire you, information on the 2013 winners, and winners from previous years, can also be found on these pages.

The deadline for nominations is 21 March 2014.

The Awards are organised by the Student Development & Community Engagement Division, which is part of the Directorate for the Student Experience.

FutureEverything Summit of Ideas & Digital Invention, 21-24 March 2013, Manchester

FutureEverything is about innovation in all forms – research, digital media, contemporary arts and music.

In March 2013, FutureEverything comes to Manchester to presents the Summit of Ideas & Digital Invention, a one-off event that has been designed to showcase a wide range of digital innovation projects from international artists and developers as well as hosting our annual conference.

http://futureeverything.org

Drew Hemment, Founder & Creative Director invites you to get involved in one or more of the following ways…

On 21-24 March we present The FutureEverything Summit of Ideas & Digital Invention – a place to discover the innovative ideas and people that are changing the world. We invite you to join in, debate and learn about the themes that will influence the future of digital culture and society – The Data Society, Future Cities and Creative Code.

The conference programme takes place over two days on 21-22 March, with speakers and artists from organisations including Google, Vimeo, Kickstarter, Fabrica, Europeana, BBC and more taking part. The Summit is designed to be an intense, creative, thought-provoking and inspiring two days, exploring ideas and innovations in digital culture and society.

Student tickets are on sale now at http://futureeverything.org priced at just £30. I’m sure this will be of interest to a number of students at the University of Manchester.

Alongside the conference there is a 48 hour innovation challenge with cash and development prizes available for new, useful applications using open data. There is also an exciting music programme and a series of art events taking place – tickets are on sale now at http://futureeverything.org

Volunteering at FutureEverything – A strong team of volunteers will be required to support the Summit, from on the ground during the event as part of our production team, to assisting with marketing, artist liaison and event facilitation.

FutureEverything has a commitment to training the next generation of cultural leaders and to making a real difference to the opportunities available. The volunteer programme scheme aims to provide professional development opportunities across a broad range of project management and creative skills.

We hope to recruit dedicated and dynamic individuals who will be committed in their involvement with the event. We want to recruit a body of volunteers who are excited about and committed to the delivery of FutureEverything 2013.

To sign up for our volunteer programme, please email volunteer@futureeverything.org for more information.

Bursary programme – FutureEverything is pleased to announce that a limited number of conference bursaries are available providing a complementary pass to practicing artists, activists and change makers without institutional support to ensure their voices are fully represented at the Summit. Student applications are also accepted provided they are supplied alongside a letter of support from a course leader. Visit http://futureeverything.org/summit/bursaries/ for more details. (Places on the bursary scheme are limited and in high demand. if you wish to guarantee a place at the Summit student tickets are only £30.)

If you would like any further details on FutureEverything, please contact Simon Webbon, Communications Manager on simon@futureeverything.org