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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.


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