SWK 1003Volunteering Module<br />   Module Leader: Tim Curtis<br />Module Assistant: Nasila Tahiru<br />1<br />Lecture 1 i...
What is volunteering?<br />2<br />Lecture 1 introductions<br />
A Definition of volunteering…<br />“Generally, volunteering is described as an unpaid activity where someone gives their t...
Why Volunteer?<br />4<br />Lecture 1 introductions<br />
  “Volunteering is a fundamental part of life in the U.K.  Three quarters of the population are involved in volunteering, ...
Volunteering in the curriculum <br />A form of experiential learning<br />Part of the Government Agenda<br />Meets communi...
Application….<br />Linking theoretical concepts to  volunteering<br />Enables academic learning to come to life <br />Prov...
Reflection<br />Reflection brings theory into focus by integrating volunteering, social issues and learning goals<br />Ref...
Volunteering plays a crucial role in the  provision of social care in the U.K. and its importance cannot be overstressed.<...
Why are these roles important?<br />10<br />Lecture 1 introductions<br />
It is important to remember that the vast majority of Voluntary and Community Organisations are staffed by volunteers <br ...
Volunteering: Free will or choice? <br />People volunteer in response to their own values and beliefs<br />You have a choi...
Skills Development<br />Employers increasingly want students with qualities over and above a degree or higher education qu...
Policy<br />David Cameron’s Big Society initiative has put the volunteering and community sector at the heart of the coali...
Rhetoric<br />“The Big Society is all about empowering local people and communities to bring about the changes they know t...
Spending Review<br />Major changes lie ahead<br />Impact on how services are commissioned?<br />Impact on third sector?<br...
How many charities can you name?<br />17<br />Lecture 1 introductions<br />
Our Partners<br />YMCA<br />Service 6<br />Volunteers<br />N’ton Youth <br />Advisory<br /> Service<br />Age Concern<br />...
Overall Aim of the Module <br />To enable you to broaden your experiences by providing experiential learning to enhance yo...
Two distinct aspects attached to this module: <br />1.  It is a practical and a theoretical skills module; practical skill...
2. It is an academic module which encourages you to gain a wider understanding of voluntary and community organisations wi...
Learning Outcomes<br />Knowledge & Understanding:<br />Understand the role that volunteering has in society and the opport...
Subject Specific Skills<br />Prepare for and undertake a volunteering role within a group context, demonstrating reliabili...
Key Skills:<br />Be able to reflect upon the choices made when identifying the opportunity for which you wish to volunteer...
Communication skills<br />You will develop:<br />Effective listening <br />Effective participation<br />Effective question...
Work based learning:<br />Choice of project to be agreed and authorised by Tim Curtis<br />You may wish to talk to Organis...
TEACHING, LEARNING + ASSESSMENT <br />11 x 2 hour workshops			22 hours<br />Personal Development Planning  	10 hours<br />...
Assessment Structure<br />Assignment:  Portfolio  Based which meets 100% of all learning outcomes  (2000 words) <br />Four...
Assignment Deadlines<br />Draft portfolio 			01/02/2012	for summative feedback (i.e. help to make your final portfolio bet...
Points to remember<br />All students are required to complete a Volunteer Registration Form<br />In most cases you will re...
Expectation is that you complete 100 hours volunteering between Nov 2010 and May 2011.<br />There are approximately 29 wee...
Nile:<br />You will need to go on the intranet site and click on the specific section for the volunteering module.<br />Yo...
Useful websites<br />Centre for Community Volunteering:<br />www.northampton.ac.uk/volunteers<br />Institute of Volunteeri...
What next:<br />Complete registration<br />Attend all programmed sessions<br />Participate fully in discussions<br />Read ...
Contacting me…<br />Email: tim.curtis@northampton.ac.uk<br />Make an appointment to see me  <br />Delapre 3<br />   Park C...
For the next session<br />Research one of the charities mentioned today and find out the following:<br />What it does<br /...
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  1. 1. SWK 1003Volunteering Module<br /> Module Leader: Tim Curtis<br />Module Assistant: Nasila Tahiru<br />1<br />Lecture 1 introductions<br />
  2. 2. What is volunteering?<br />2<br />Lecture 1 introductions<br />
  3. 3. A Definition of volunteering…<br />“Generally, volunteering is described as an unpaid activity where someone gives their time to help an organisation or an individual who they are not related to”<br />Volunteering England<br />Look here: http://bit.ly/nokSsP<br />For other definitions. Why do they vary?<br />3<br />Lecture 1 introductions<br />
  4. 4. Why Volunteer?<br />4<br />Lecture 1 introductions<br />
  5. 5. “Volunteering is a fundamental part of life in the U.K. Three quarters of the population are involved in volunteering, either through an organisation or group, or on a more informal basis. They make a rich and diverse contribution to society. They are engaged in mutual aid and self help, participation, advocacy and providing services, as well as helping others. <br /> (Volunteering England 2005)<br />5<br />Lecture 1 introductions<br />
  6. 6. Volunteering in the curriculum <br />A form of experiential learning<br />Part of the Government Agenda<br />Meets community needs <br />Provides time for reflection of the volunteering experience <br />6<br />Lecture 1 introductions<br />
  7. 7. Application….<br />Linking theoretical concepts to volunteering<br />Enables academic learning to come to life <br />Provides a greater awareness of community needs and allows you to help/add value to an organisation – allows you to give back to the community<br />7<br />Lecture 1 introductions<br />
  8. 8. Reflection<br />Reflection brings theory into focus by integrating volunteering, social issues and learning goals<br />Reflection is the key to making the connections between volunteering and learning<br />Reflection is a core component as it allows us to assess how effective we are<br />8<br />Lecture 1 introductions<br />
  9. 9. Volunteering plays a crucial role in the provision of social care in the U.K. and its importance cannot be overstressed.<br /> Some examples include: <br />School Governors<br />Youth club leaders<br />Carers<br />Fundraisers<br />First Aiders<br />Befrienders<br />9<br />Lecture 1 introductions<br />
  10. 10. Why are these roles important?<br />10<br />Lecture 1 introductions<br />
  11. 11. It is important to remember that the vast majority of Voluntary and Community Organisations are staffed by volunteers <br />Volunteers operate in a diverse range of settings including working as carers for a family member or working as a volunteer in a hospital<br />11<br />Lecture 1 introductions<br />
  12. 12. Volunteering: Free will or choice? <br />People volunteer in response to their own values and beliefs<br />You have a choice to volunteer but also a a choice not to volunteer. This is dependent on your personal values and belief system <br />12<br />Lecture 1 introductions<br />
  13. 13. Skills Development<br />Employers increasingly want students with qualities over and above a degree or higher education qualification<br />Employers also want students who can work in organisations that are constantly changing and require good communication and interpersonal skills<br />13<br />Lecture 1 introductions<br />
  14. 14. Policy<br />David Cameron’s Big Society initiative has put the volunteering and community sector at the heart of the coalition Government’s flagship policy<br />This is to strengthen volunteering structures and to raise the profile of volunteering<br />How? ... <br />14<br />Lecture 1 introductions<br />
  15. 15. Rhetoric<br />“The Big Society is all about empowering local people and communities to bring about the changes they know their community needs”<br />(Nick Hurd MP Minister for Civil Society 18th May 2010)<br />15<br />Lecture 1 introductions<br />
  16. 16. Spending Review<br />Major changes lie ahead<br />Impact on how services are commissioned?<br />Impact on third sector?<br />Funding issues/cut backs?<br />16<br />Lecture 1 introductions<br />
  17. 17. How many charities can you name?<br />17<br />Lecture 1 introductions<br />
  18. 18. Our Partners<br />YMCA<br />Service 6<br />Volunteers<br />N’ton Youth <br />Advisory<br /> Service<br />Age Concern<br />Friends of <br />Northampton<br />General Hospital<br />Supporting Others through<br /> Volunteer Action<br />Guideposts Trust <br />Oxfam<br />18<br />Lecture 1 introductions<br />
  19. 19. Overall Aim of the Module <br />To enable you to broaden your experiences by providing experiential learning to enhance your awareness of the Third sector<br />To develop personal and professional skills through practical volunteering which are transferable skills for future careers<br />To gain experience and confidence in creating your own volunteering opportunities<br />Working in groups- self organising<br />19<br />Lecture 1 introductions<br />
  20. 20. Two distinct aspects attached to this module: <br />1. It is a practical and a theoretical skills module; practical skills are acquired through a period of actual volunteering. Theoretical understanding will be gained through lectures and applied in your reflections on volunteering practice and group work. <br />20<br />Lecture 1 introductions<br />
  21. 21. 2. It is an academic module which encourages you to gain a wider understanding of voluntary and community organisations within the Third Sector whilst gaining an in depth knowledge of the organisation in which you volunteer<br />21<br />Lecture 1 introductions<br />
  22. 22. Learning Outcomes<br />Knowledge & Understanding:<br />Understand the role that volunteering has in society and the opportunities for undertaking voluntary work.<br />Describe their role as a volunteer within a the context of a volunteering opportunity<br />Become familiar with the University's MyPad and e-portfolio as a tool to help students record their professional and personal development <br />22<br />Lecture 1 introductions<br />
  23. 23. Subject Specific Skills<br />Prepare for and undertake a volunteering role within a group context, demonstrating reliability and commitment <br />Show awareness and sensitivity to issues of race, gender and other forms of discrimination within the volunteering experience<br />23<br />Lecture 1 introductions<br />
  24. 24. Key Skills:<br />Be able to reflect upon the choices made when identifying the opportunity for which you wish to volunteer<br />Through your volunteering be able to reflect on personal, professional and skills development <br />Communicate effectively about your experiences as a volunteer.<br />Work to promote volunteering<br />24<br />Lecture 1 introductions<br />
  25. 25. Communication skills<br />You will develop:<br />Effective listening <br />Effective participation<br />Effective questioning<br />Giving and receiving feedback<br />Professional boundaries<br />25<br />Lecture 1 introductions<br />
  26. 26. Work based learning:<br />Choice of project to be agreed and authorised by Tim Curtis<br />You may wish to talk to Organisations @<br /> Volunteers Fairs on the 12th & 14th October<br />Refer to Website<br />26<br />Lecture 1 introductions<br />
  27. 27. TEACHING, LEARNING + ASSESSMENT <br />11 x 2 hour workshops 22 hours<br />Personal Development Planning 10 hours<br />Reflection on promoting organisation through investigation20 hours <br />Record of Hours and Volunteering Activities 100 hours<br />Reflective Analysis of Volunteering Experience (RAVE) 20 hours<br />Self directed study 28 hours<br />TOTAL 200 Hours<br />27<br />Lecture 1 introductions<br />
  28. 28. Assessment Structure<br />Assignment: Portfolio Based which meets 100% of all learning outcomes (2000 words) <br />Four Components:<br />i)Personal Development Plan<br />ii) Reflection on promoting volunteering (500words)<br />iii)Record of 100 Hours and Volunteering Activities <br />iv) Reflective Analysis of Volunteering Experience (circa 1500 words)<br />28<br />Lecture 1 introductions<br />
  29. 29. Assignment Deadlines<br />Draft portfolio 01/02/2012 for summative feedback (i.e. help to make your final portfolio better, and therefore your grade higher!)<br />AS 1 Portfolio 15/05/2012<br />29<br />Lecture 1 introductions<br />
  30. 30. Points to remember<br />All students are required to complete a Volunteer Registration Form<br />In most cases you will require a Criminal Records Check (CRB). We will cover this in class<br />Some organisations may wish to undertake their own check <br />30<br />Lecture 1 introductions<br />
  31. 31. Expectation is that you complete 100 hours volunteering between Nov 2010 and May 2011.<br />There are approximately 29 weeks during this period and assuming you have started volunteering at the beginning of Nov means on average you should be spending 3 hours a week volunteering<br />However, as stated earlier you have a choice to volunteer ...make it work for you<br />31<br />Lecture 1 introductions<br />
  32. 32. Nile:<br />You will need to go on the intranet site and click on the specific section for the volunteering module.<br />You need to sign up in order to gain access to course materials<br />http:/nile.northampton.ac.uk<br />32<br />Lecture 1 introductions<br />
  33. 33. Useful websites<br />Centre for Community Volunteering:<br />www.northampton.ac.uk/volunteers<br />Institute of Volunteering Research:<br /> www. ivr.org.uk <br />Northampton Volunteering Centre:<br />www.northampton-volunteers.org.uk<br />The national Council for Voluntary Organisations: www.ncvo-vol.org.uk<br />33<br />Lecture 1 introductions<br />
  34. 34. What next:<br />Complete registration<br />Attend all programmed sessions<br />Participate fully in discussions<br />Read the handbooks<br />Read other books relevant to voluneeering & the third sector <br />Get to know your module group<br />Learn from each other<br />Ask questions<br />Challenge answers <br />34<br />Lecture 1 introductions<br />
  35. 35. Contacting me…<br />Email: tim.curtis@northampton.ac.uk<br />Make an appointment to see me <br />Delapre 3<br /> Park Campus <br />35<br />Lecture 1 introductions<br />
  36. 36. For the next session<br />Research one of the charities mentioned today and find out the following:<br />What it does<br />How does it involve volunteers<br />Charity mission statement<br />Charity vision <br />36<br />Lecture 1 introductions<br />

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