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Volunteering at Cheltenham Science Festival 2020 (applications close 23 March 2020)

The Cheltenham Science Festival is looking for friendly, hard-working and enthusiastic volunteers. Volunteers will be needed from Monday 1 June – Monday 8 June to help with all aspects of running a successful festival. This would be a valuable experience especially for those passionate about arts administration, events management and stage production.

We try to give our volunteers the best experience possible and we are so grateful for the time and effort given. So, whether you have a bit of free time, are looking to gain some experience in the events industry, or, acquire new skills and knowledge on how to run a festival, this is for you! This is also a very good opportunity to give something back to the community, and whether you’re a fan of Science or simply looking to get into it, this is a great opportunity to discover more about this world. Above all, being a volunteer is also being part of a family, getting to know new people and have a great time all together.

In return for volunteers’ hard work, UK travel expenses are paid and accommodation is provided if not local, as is a small contribution towards living costs (please note that we are unfortunately unable to offer single rooms and the accommodation is in shared apartments). You will also receive a free Cheltenham Festivals T-shirt to wear during the festival and to keep. And of course, the opportunity to get behind the scenes at a famous festival with the chance to see great events for free!

Find out more and apply at:

Applications close 23 March 2020.

Opportunity for current students: ReachOut leadership development programme

Many of you will have heard of ReachOut before – a mentoring charity working with young people in disadvantage schools to raise aspirations and attainment. Many of our current students volunteer with ReachOut on their mentoring projects and the central Widening Participation team deliver workshops to their primary learners and host the ReachOut graduation on campus each summer.

See: https://www.reachoutuk.org/

ReachOut have asked us to share details of their new paid, year-long, development opportunity based in Manchester, London or Liverpool to current students here; full details are on the attached flyer (pdf).

We are hosting two information sessions on campus on Wednesday 26 February (Session 1 – 1pm or Session 2 – 3pm), for students to find out more about the opportunity; details of which are also on the attached flyer.

Any questions about the programme can be directed to Becky Sutch at ReachOut (email: becky.sutch@reachoutuk.org)

Refugees & Mentors are recruiting volunteers for our Mentoring Project

Mentoring supports refugees to improve their employment prospects and get jobs.

In its 3rd year, the Mentoring Project supports people with refugee status in a wide range of employment areas, including applying for jobs, interview skills, UK work experience and accessing other services.

Volunteers need to have at least 15 years UK work experience and live in Salford, Manchester or near by. Mentoring is provided in the early evening or during the day, depending on volunteers availability.

See R&M Volunteer Mentor Advert Sept 2019 (pdf) for more details.

For more information telephone 07747080523. Deadline to apply: Thursday 3rd October 2019

Posted on behalf of Lindsay Gilbert, Volunteering & Community Engagement Manager, The University of Manchester

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