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    Community Fridge - NEW PROJECT FOR 2022-23

    Volunteering

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    Our brand new volunteering project for 2022 is to have a Community Fridge in the Students' Union and a team of volunteers to source and collect surplus food to put in it.

    What is a community fridge?

    A community fridge is a space where anyone can exchange food that would otherwise go to waste. Run by local volunteers, many fridges also provide a positive social space for local visitors to learn more about food, sustainable eating, growing your own and eating on a budget. The UK’s first community fridge was trialled in 2016. Since then, 100s of community fridges have taken root across the UK helping thousands connect to their neighbours, access nutritious food, save money and reduce waste.

    What is our project?

    We have been lucky enough to have recieved some funding to get a new community fridge area in the Students' Union which we are now looking for a team of volunteers to help set up and run. The roles will be varied, from sourcing surplus food locally, to stocking the fridge and keeping it up to date, to marketing and branding. You can get involved as much or as often as you want. We need volunteers who are available from now, right through next year as this is initially a 12 month project with a view to extending it if its popular. We are planning to launch the fridge in September 2022.

    How do I sign up?

    Sign up here and we will be in touch when we arrange the first meeting. You can only be a part of this project if you're a student next academic year (2022-23).

    We look forward to you getting involved!

    • InterestsCreative and Design, Environmental & Conservation, Event planning, Financial planning, Leadership and Management, Literacy and Copywriting, Marketing, Office IT (Word, Excel etc), Planning and Organising, Presentation, Project Management, Research, Reviewing and Evaluation, Sales, Networking, Opportunity & Recognition, Business and Leadership, Campaigning & Fundraising, Events and Festivals, Health and Social Care, Media and Marketing
    • Inspiring Projects volunteer
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    Grow and Eat Project 2022-23

    Volunteering

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    This project combines our successful SCRAN project with the Secret Garden and would suit anyone wanting to try growing their own fruit / veg, learning about gardening, cooking, or people interested in running a social enterprise selling produce on campus.

    Do you have a passion for gardening or enjoy being outdoors? Do you like cooking and want to share recipes with the wider student community? Or simply want to try your hand at something new and make a big difference? Then the Grow and Eat Project needs you!

    There are lots of different roles you can get stuck in with from physical gardening, to painting and general garden maintenance. Or alternatively you can run cooking sessions with students on campus, or make recipe videos to share online.

    We welcome anyone to the project so whether you have gardening experience or not we want you to help us maintain the Secret Garden space in Foster courtyard. All tools and equipment are provided, and you will gain practical experience as well as keeping the space attractive for everyone to enjoy.

    The cooking side of the project (formerly SCRAN) needs new volunteers to cook and sell produce on campus at our Craft & Food Fairs - do you fancy getting involved?

    Sign up now and we'll be in touch. 

    • InterestsCreative and Design, Environmental & Conservation, Event planning, Leadership and Management, Marketing, Office IT (Word, Excel etc), Planning and Organising, Project Management, Sales, Networking, Opportunity & Recognition, Animals and Wildlife, Business and Leadership, Campaigning & Fundraising, Events and Festivals, Media and Marketing
    • Inspiring Projects volunteer
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    Craft and Food Fair Volunteers 2022-23

    Volunteering

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    This is for students who want to get involved in helping plan or run the on-campus fairs from September 2022 onwards.

    Craft and Food Fair lead volunteers needed for September 2022 onwards

    · Would you like to be involved in setting up and running the next Craft and Food Fair in the Students' Union?

    · Would you like to help shape and develop the project further, and help keep it a regular fair for students and staff?

    - Would you like to set up our NEW monthly hot food fairs?

    Then we need YOU!

    In 2017 we secured funding from NUS Student Eats to establish a Farmers' Market in the students' union and we have so far run several successful markets on campus. It is a place where students and staff, as well as members of the public, have the opportunity to buy fresh, locally produced food. In 2018 we added craft stalls and have now established a popular Craft and Food Fair which we hold 3 times a year.

    There are a number of different roles you can take on such as research, planning and promoting the market, liaising with stallholders, organising finances, and ensuring the smooth running of the market on the day. We also have our Student Section - so you could help source and book student businesses to attend the fair.

    This type of role would suit someone looking for an exciting project to volunteer with, who likes to make their mark, and has strong organisational and team work skills. In return you will be a vital part of the team and gain lots of transferable skills which will inevitably help your employability after university.

    Please note the next Craft and Food Fair will take place at Freshers 2022 so you should able to help for at least part of this. 

    You don’t need to be available for the whole planning process to be involved, please email suvolunteering@uclan.ac.uk if you just want to be involved on a one-off basis or just help on the day!

    If you would like to get involved register here now and we will contact you with more details.

     

    Remember: all SU volunteering projects count towards the Livesey Award so this is a great opportunity to boost your volunteering hours!

    • InterestsAdministration and Clerical, Creative and Design, Event planning, Financial planning, IT, Computers and Web Skills, Leadership and Management, Literacy and Copywriting, Marketing, Numeracy, Office IT (Word, Excel etc), Planning and Organising, Project Management, Research, Reviewing and Evaluation, Sales, Networking, Opportunity & Recognition, Arts and Culture, Business and Leadership, Events and Festivals, Media and Marketing
    • Inspiring Projects volunteer
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    Forget Me Not Project volunteers 2022-23

    Volunteering

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    Join us and become an Alzheimer's Society Dementia Friend and take part in a range of activities and events designed to make our community more dementia friendly.

    We want you to join the 2.8 million Dementia Friends in England and Wales and lead the next generation in being dementia friendly. Through the Forget Me Not project, you will engage the rest of the university student body to become Dementia Friends and work together to shape the project in whatever you would like it to be. Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends programme is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. It is a social action movement aiming to create dementia-friendly communities by improving peoples understanding of dementia and inspiring people to take action.

    The project can be whatever you want it to be, it could be recruiting more Dementia Friends, organising fundraising events, or running events for local people in care homes.

     

    All volunteers will recieve a Dementia Friend information session to make sure you're fully trained on how to help society become more dementia friendly.

    Sign up now and we'll be in touch soon.

    • InterestsAdministration and Clerical, Creative and Design, Event planning, Leadership and Management, Literacy and Copywriting, Marketing, Office IT (Word, Excel etc), Planning and Organising, Project Management, Research, Networking, Opportunity & Recognition, Campaigning & Fundraising, Elderly Care, Events and Festivals, Media and Marketing
    • Inspiring Projects volunteer
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    Sexual Health Awareness Group 2022-23

    Volunteering

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    The S.H.A.G project is open to anyone from any course who has an interest in sexual health, sexualities or genders and would like to be part of the project from Sep 2022 onwards.

    Sexual Health Awareness Group (S.H.A.G.)

    (in conjunction with Health Champions)

    * Applications for new S.H.A.G. volunteers now OPEN - applications close Friday 14th October *

    This opportunity is for volunteers looking to be involved in the Sexual Health Project for 2022-2023. In 2017 volunteers started the Sexual Health Awareness Group and put together a series of postcards and goody bags which they then took out across campus to speak to students about sexual health services available across Preston. Since then the project has developed in a number of ways and volunteers have been involved in fundraising for charity, assisting at HIV Testing events, running stalls on topics such as LGBT history, as well as creating a number of fun, informative resources. Over the upcoming year there will be a variety of roles available from speaking to other students about sexual health information, to designing leaflets, to marketing and promotion at events. 

    The S.H.A.G. Project won Inspiring Project of the Year 2020 at the Union Awards for going above and beyond to reach out to a wide variety of students on campus to provide information and support, with their events being described as “varied and informative, they’ve created a space for students to learn, as well as helping the volunteers develop their skills and become more confident with public speaking”.

     

    ** You do not need to have a background in sexual health as full training will be given.**

    There will be regular meetings every other week which you should try to attend.

    If you have been involved in the project already, please sign up here so you can log any hours towards the Livesey Award.

    • InterestsAdministration and Clerical, Creative and Design, Event planning, IT, Computers and Web Skills, Leadership and Management, Literacy and Copywriting, Marketing, Mentoring, Office IT (Word, Excel etc), Planning and Organising, Project Management, Public Speaking, Research, Reviewing and Evaluation, Networking, Opportunity & Recognition, Campaigning & Fundraising, Children and Young People, Health and Social Care, LGBTQ+, Media and Marketing
    • Inspiring Projects volunteer
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    Hedgehog Friendly Campus - Silver award

    Volunteering

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    Last year we achieved Bronze accreditation - join us to help promote the message of saving hedgehogs and get UCLan the Silver award!

    Hedgehog Friendly Campus is a national accreditation programme funded by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS). Universities, FE colleges and primary schools across the UK are taking part to help to bring hedgehogs back from the brink of extinction.

    Since 2019, the programme has worked with over 150 universities, FE colleges and primary schools all working towards Bronze, Silver or Gold accreditation. Teams have been installing log piles and hedgehog houses, as well as litter picking and taking part in campus hedgehog surveys.
     

    Last year we were successful in gaining Bronze accreditation, so now we're working on getting Silver.

    If you want to get involved in any of the following activities, sign up now and we'll be in touch with when the next meeting is:

    • Contacting housing teams to distribute leaflets
    • Events e.g. litter picks, fundraising (need to raise at least £50), making hedgehog houses
    • Taking photos as evidence
    • Creating hedgehog feeding stations
    • Hedgehog survey – to be done in June / July 
    • Pond / lake audit at the Arena
    • Hedgehog Highways on campus, working with the Uni's Grounds Team
    • Running a campaign to make campus safer for hedgehogs
    • Promoting the hedgehog friendly campus over Welcome / Freshers

    • InterestsCreative and Design, Environmental & Conservation, Event planning, IT, Computers and Web Skills, Leadership and Management, Literacy and Copywriting, Marketing, Planning and Organising, Project Management, Research, Networking, Opportunity & Recognition, Animals and Wildlife, Campaigning & Fundraising
    • Inspiring Projects volunteer
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    Raising and Giving (RAG) Development Committee 2022-23

    Volunteering

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    For anyone wanting to be involved in the committee to develop our RAG society and help run fundraising events for charity.

    R.A.G stands for Raising and Giving and is focused on fundraising for 2 Union charities which the society can choose, as well as helping sports and societies with ideas and ways to fundraise for their own charities.

    If you like raising money or having an interest in events planning you might like to get involved.

    You can either join RAG and help with fundraising events, or be a part of our RAG Development Committee and help us shape it into a more exciting and rewarding student experience. Sign up here to log your Livesey hours, but be sure to sign up to the brand new society here: Raising and Giving Society (uclansu.co.uk)

    Come and join us!

    • InterestsAdministration and Clerical, Creative and Design, Event planning, IT, Computers and Web Skills, Leadership and Management, Literacy and Copywriting, Marketing, Office IT (Word, Excel etc), Planning and Organising, Project Management, Public Speaking, Research, Reviewing and Evaluation, Networking, Opportunity & Recognition, Arts and Culture, Campaigning & Fundraising, Events and Festivals, Media and Marketing, Sports and Coaching
    • Inspiring Projects volunteer
    • Societies Committee member
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    Mental Health Matters Project 2022-23

    Volunteering

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    (Formerly Time to Change) Volunteers on this project use their experience of mental health problems to change the way people think and act about mental health.

    We need your help to change the way people think and act about mental health problems. Join thousands of campaigners in workplaces, schools, communities and online who are making stigma and discrimination a thing of the past.

    Become a Mental Health Matters volunteer!

    Negative attitudes stop people with mental health problems getting the help and support they need. Volunteers on this project use their experience of mental health problems to change the way people think and act about mental health. Over the past few years, volunteers have organised a number of UCLan Time to Talk Day events and got students and staff talking about mental health.

    “Being a Time to Change Champion has really empowered me to speak about my own diagnosis, without shame or fear. My ability and confidence in talking about my experiences with mental health have grown enormously.” – former UCLan SU Time to Change Champion

     

     

    Why join us?

    · As a volunteer, you will be at the heart of our campaign to change people’s attitudes towards those of us with mental health problems.

    · It’s an opportunity to build skills and experience in areas like public speaking, planning events and using social media.

    · You’ll get the opportunity to meet and campaign alongside like-minded people in the SU.

     

    Register your interest by signing up now.

    • InterestsCreative and Design, Event planning, IT, Computers and Web Skills, Leadership and Management, Literacy and Copywriting, Marketing, Office IT (Word, Excel etc), Planning and Organising, Project Management, Public Speaking, Research, Reviewing and Evaluation, Networking, Opportunity & Recognition, Arts and Culture, Campaigning & Fundraising, Events and Festivals, Health and Social Care, Media and Marketing
    • Inspiring Projects volunteer
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    One-off Wednesdays volunteer 2022-23

    Volunteering

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    For students who have taken part in a OOW activity and want to log their hours, or find out more information.

    Do you want to give back to the local community?

    Do you want to improve your skills?

    Are you short of time for regular volunteering?

    Why not try volunteering at our One-off Wednesdays?!

     

    Have you taken part in some volunteering as part of OOW?!

    Then register your hours on the website here now! When you log hours, please make sure you specify which opportunity you took part in. 

     

    Additionally, please join our Teams group to be the first to be notified when we have new activities to take part in.

    • InterestsCreative and Design, Environmental & Conservation, Literacy and Copywriting, Office IT (Word, Excel etc), Planning and Organising, Presentation, Research, Networking, Opportunity & Recognition, Arts and Culture, Business and Leadership, Campaigning & Fundraising, Children and Young People, Events and Festivals, Health and Social Care, Media and Marketing
    • One-off Wednesday volunteer
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