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  • 1. Volunteering for Success Hannah Paterson Volunteer and Community Engagement Team Slides from Psychology Careers Event March 2010 All of our handouts are copyright MLP, Careers and Employability Division
  • 2. Contents
    • What is volunteering
    • Benefits – professional development / employability
    • Benefits – personal development
    • What employers think
    • Student volunteer case studies
    • What about me?
    • Other examples
    • Manchester Student Volunteers (MSV)
    • Examples of MSV opportunities
    • Volunteering beyond MSV
    • International volunteering
    • What do I do next?
    • Over to you – questions
  • 3. What is volunteering
    • “ Any activity that involves spending time, unpaid, doing something that aims to benefit the environment or someone (individuals or groups) other than, or in addition to, close relatives”
      • Volunteering England
    • Domestic or International
    • Worth £40 billion to UK GDP per year
  • 4. Benefits – Professional Development / Employability
    • CV enhancement
      • Work experience
      • Contacts and references
      • Used your time effectively and efficiently
      • Fills up any gaps on your CV
    • Skills development – generic
      • Leadership
      • Time management
    • Skills development – specific
      • Writing and distributing press releases
      • Financial forecasts
  • 5. Benefits – Professional Development / Employability
    • Your personality
      • Ambitious
      • Creative and enterprising
      • Committed (without financial motivation)
    • “ Foot in the door” and access paid positions
      • Network and make a good impression
      • Intranet and internal jobs bulletin
    • Boost academic skills
      • Enhance academic research and learning
    • An understanding of what’s ahead
  • 6. Benefits – Personal Development
    • Confidence and self-esteem
    • Self-awareness
      • Which profession / sector you prefer
      • Prioritisation of values / Motivation
    • New networks and friendships
      • Experience diversity
      • Like-minded people
  • 7. Benefits – Personal Development
    • Awareness of local community culture
      • Particularly for non-UK students
    • “ Agents of social change”
      • 80% of student volunteers continue volunteering after graduating
      • You are the future
    • “ Can-do” culture of social entrepreneurship
      • Empowered
      • Using your initiative
      • Seize opportunities
  • 8. What about me?
    • Consider which profession you want to enter
    • Research what skills and experience are required
    • Develop the skills
    • and gain the experience
    • Add to your CV and application form, discuss at interview
    eg Clinical eg Building relationships, people skills eg Volunteer as a helpline worker with Childline. Achievements and practical examples to impress the interviewer
  • 9. Other examples
    • Profession
    • Business
    • Forensics
    • Health
    • Educational
    • Skills & experience
    • Event management skills
    • Experience working with offenders
    • Promote health education
    • Working with Children
    • Voluntary position
    • O rganise a fundraising event for a charity
    • Mentor with Youth Offending Team
    • HIV project leader with Body Positive North West
    • Mentor with ReachOut!
  • 10. Examples of volunteering opportunities
    • Citizens Advice Bureau – Advisers and administrators
    • Manchester Youth Offending Team – Referral Order Panel
    • Get Walking Keep Walking – Walk leader
    • New Start Trust – Drop-in Needle exchange volunteers
    • Greater Manchester Head Forward Centre – befrienders
    • St. Anns Hospice – berevement supports
    • Stroke Association – Neuro volunteers and advice line assistants
    • Bury Autism Befrienders - Befrienders
    • Victim Support & Witness Service – Pre-court familiarisation
    • Black Health Agency – Helpline Volunteers
    • Mencap - befrienders
  • 11. Manchester Leadership Programme Getting your volunteering accredited
  • 12. Aims of the MLP
    • Embrace leadership that supports social, economic and environmentally sustainable society
    • Encourage a culture of active citizenship amongst students
    • Confront values
    • – personal, social, civic, environmental
    • Develop leadership, entrepreneurial & other skills
      • boost student employability
    • Help community through volunteering
    • Impact of University on disadvantaged groups in:
      • Manchester
      • UK
      • Global
  • 13. Components of the MLP
    • Voluntary Action:
    • 60 hours voluntary work
      • 15 hours minimum in Manchester/North West of England
      • Local, national and international opportunities
    • Academic unit:
    • A credit-rated Leadership in Action unit
      • 10 or 20 credit undergraduate module
      • Online / distance learning option
      • Examine key challenges facing 21 st Century society
      • Inputs from high profile internal & external speakers
      • Online support – e-tutors, podcasts, discussion boards
      • Assessment:
        • Group ePoster
        • Individual Research Project
  • 14. Over to you
    • Questions
    • Thank you
        • Hannah Paterson
        • Volunteer and Community Engagement Team
        • www.manchester.ac.uk/volunteers