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The Do a bit project has been developed to create entry-level or bite-sized volunteering opportunities in the Blackpool area. …

The Do a bit project has been developed to create entry-level or bite-sized volunteering opportunities in the Blackpool area.
Open badges has been chosen as an invaluable tool that allows the Volunteer Centre and Volunteer Involving Organisation (VIO’s) to recognise and reward their Volunteers.
The Volunteer Centre Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde was selected to receive financial support from the £10m Innovation in Giving fund, run by NESTA and funded by the Cabinet Office.
Part of the 'Do a Bit' project involved developing a Volunteering Passport which is a community tool where Volunteers can keep a record their own achievements (i.e. the places where they have Volunteered), record their skills learnt during their role at the Volunteer Involving Organisations. The Volunteer Passport also provides other relevant information that may be needed along their volunteering journey.
Included within this passport is an area that rewards the skills and effort of the Volunteer and to meet this requirement the Volunteer Centre Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde used Mozilla Open Badges.
The reason why we used Open Badges was that it gave not only gave the Volunteer Centre the flexibility of choosing suitable Open Badges to award but also allows other Volunteer Involving Organisations the same flexibility.
The very nature of Open Badges allows for badges to be designed and issued for almost anything.

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  • 1. The Volunteer Centre Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde Open Badges Training Author: Patrick McGee ©The Volunteer centre Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde 1
  • 2. Overview of the Do a Bit Project The Do a bit project has been developed to create entry-level or bite-sized volunteering opportunities in the Blackpool area. Open badges has been chosen as an invaluable tool that allows the Volunteer Centre and Volunteer Involving Organisation (VIO’s) to recognise and reward their Volunteers. The Volunteer Centre Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde was selected to receive financial support from the £10m Innovation in Giving fund, run by NESTA and funded by the Cabinet Office. ©The Volunteer centre Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde 2
  • 3. The Open Badges Team Patrick McGee – Do a Bit Project Officer Duncan Hodgson – Open Badge Specialist Mandy Russell – Open Badge Designer 3©The Volunteer centre Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde
  • 4. Open Badges in Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde • Introduce Open Badges to Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde community • Demonstrate how Open Badges are collected • Show how to award Open Badges • Identify the benefits of the Open Badge system 4©The Volunteer centre Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde
  • 5. Information Sessions • Recognising Informal Learning • An introduction to Open Badges • Gamification: the possibilities • Next steps to find out more 5©The Volunteer centre Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde
  • 6. Volunteer Workshops • An introduction to Open Badges • Core concepts of Open Badges, understanding the value of badges • Understanding gamification and badges • Receiving and storing Open Badges – what options are available 6©The Volunteer centre Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde
  • 7. VIO Workshops • An introduction to Open Badges • Core concepts of Open Badges, understanding the technical infrastructure & the value of badges • Understanding gamification and badges • Badge ecosystems and Open Badge design • Issuing Open Badges – what options are available 7©The Volunteer centre Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde
  • 8. Our Open Badge Design Mandy Russell designed our badges and created them within a few days!! The Open Badges the Volunteer centre currently have are: Photographer Time-keeping Data input Volunteer Co-ordinator Word (junior, expert & specialist) Fundraising Excel (junior, expert & specialist) Cleaning V-base (junior, expert & specialist) Customer care Worst coffee buyer Telephone skills With more being developed daily……..  8©The Volunteer centre Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde
  • 9. Confirmed Dates & Locations Initial Info Sessions 4th October 9.30am - Central Library, Blackpool 10th October 9.30am - Solaris Centre, Blackpool 12th October 9.30am - Central Library, Blackpool VIO Training 17th October 9.30am - Central Library, Blackpool 31st October 9.30am - City Learning Centre, Blackpool 14th November 9.30am - City Learning Centre, Blackpool Volunteer Sessions 5th November - Solaris Centre, Blackpool 27th November - City Learning Centre, Blackpool 30th November - Solaris Centre, Blackpool 99©The Volunteer centre Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde
  • 10. End Thanks for reading to our presentation Open invitation to attend the sessions. So please visit and you may receive your own Volunteer Centre Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde Open Badge 10©The Volunteer centre Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde

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