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    Dementia Friends 2020-21

    Volunteering

    This opportunity takes place from 14 Jan 2021.

    We are looking for volunteers to lead the next generation in being 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 this 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.

     

    Now in its second year this project could involve a campaign to raise awareness of the programme and recruit 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.

    • InterestsEvent planning, Leadership and Management, Planning and Organising, Project Management, Networking, Opportunity & Recognition, Campaigning & Fundraising, Elderly Care, Events and Festivals
    • Inspiring Projects volunteer
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    RAG Development Community 2020-21

    Volunteering

    This opportunity takes place from 14 Jan 2021.

    For anyone wanting to be involved in helping run fundraising events for charity.

    Brand New Inspiring Project for 2020-21

    We have something new and exciting for 2020-21 that Sophie (VP Activities) and the Inspiring Projects team are working on.... which is R.A.G!

     

    R.A.G stands for Raising and Giving and is focused on fundraising for 2 specific charities - Lancashire MIND and Guide Dogs UK, 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.

     

    Be a part of our brand new RAG Development Community and help us take the first steps to a more exciting and rewarding student experience. Even it you cant commit to a lot of time we want to hear your thoughts. So if you're up for it just sign up here or get in touch with us at suvolunteering@uclan.ac.uk.

    We're very excited to get going - so come and join us!

    • InterestsAdministration and Clerical, Creative and Design, Event planning, Leadership and Management, Literacy and Copywriting, Marketing, Planning and Organising, Project Management, Networking, Opportunity & Recognition, Campaigning & Fundraising, Events and Festivals, Media and Marketing
    • Inspiring Projects volunteer
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    SCRAN Volunteers 2020-21

    Volunteering

    This opportunity takes place from 14 Jan 2021.

    For students interested in being involved with cooking, business and sustainable food opportunities on campus.

    What is SCRAN?

     

    SCRAN was set up in 2016 by UCLan Nutrition and Exercise Science students who were keen to get students cooking, eating and growing together on campus.

     

    In 2018, we received funding from NUS Student Eats to set up as a social enterprise and started delivering cooking sessions, supporting growing on campus and trading at the UCLan Students' Union Craft and Food Fairs. All of the money we make goes back into SCRAN to develop the project and our volunteers.

     

    We are passionate about the fun social side of cooking and hold regular Cook and Eat events that bring students together to enjoy food. These are informal Pay as You Feel group sessions led by SCRAN volunteers who guide the group through cooking a delicious vegetarian or vegan recipe and eating it together afterwards.

     

    You can find out more about us on our @scranhq Twitter and Instagram accounts and on our website: www.scranpreston.co.uk which was designed by some brilliant media students. Or check out this video made by one of our recently graduated lead volunteers about her time as a SCRAN volunteer.

     

     

    What do you need to become SCRAN volunteer?

     

    One of the most important things that our volunteers need is a passion or love for food, whether that is cooking or simply eating it!

    You don’t need to be an experienced cook or have a background in nutrition to volunteer with us as SCRAN is a truly collaborative effort and we would love to hear from you no matter what course you are on, be it design, business, sport etc. We guarantee your skills will be useful and all necessary training will be provided!

     

    Here are some of the ways you can get involved:

     

    Cooking: You can take a lead in developing and testing new recipes, creating food content for social media, running our Cook and Eat sessions or organising the cooking for the SCRAN Craft and Food Fair stall.

     

    Social Media: We need help developing our social media accounts where we promote the project and our activities. This year we want to create lots of online content such as recipe videos, live cooking demos, Instagram Q&As, food quizzes and more!

     

    Growing: We love using food that is grown on campus in our recipes and are looking for green-fingered volunteers to take a lead on working with the Secret Garden project to plan what vegetables get planted next year and to help us make plan products to sell.

     

    Business: As a Social Enterprise we are looking to develop our income generation e.g. paid cooking sessions, further trading opportunities and the development of a SCRAN product. This would be a great opportunity for a student on a business or finance focused course looking to gain more experience.

     

    Apply for SCRAN above and we will be in touch to discuss your role or email suvolunteering@uclan.ac.uk if you have any questions!

    • InterestsAdministration and Clerical, Creative and Design, Environmental & Conservation, Event planning, Financial planning, IT, Computers and Web Skills, Leadership and Management, Literacy and Copywriting, Marketing, Office IT (Word, Excel etc), Planning and Organising, Project Management, Reviewing and Evaluation, Sales, Teaching and Training, Networking, Opportunity & Recognition, Business and Leadership, Campaigning & Fundraising, Events and Festivals, Media and Marketing
    • Inspiring Projects volunteer
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    Secret Garden Volunteers 2020-21

    Volunteering

    This opportunity takes place from 14 Jan 2021.

    For students interested in helping improve the Secret Garden in Foster courtyard.

    VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Secret Garden Project

     

    Do you have a passion for gardening or enjoy being outdoors? Want to try your hand at something new and make a big difference? Then the Secret Garden Project needs you! There are lots of different roles you can get stuck in with from physical gardening, to painting and general garden maintenance.

     

    **This year a mixture of physical gardening and online virtual sessions will be running**

     

    Project Background

    The Secret Garden is a courtyard space located in Foster Building and is maintained by students for everyone to enjoy. We have a wildflower rockery, seating area and allotment area where we grow fruit and vegetables. There are lots of different roles from physical gardening, painting and general garden maintenance so why not get involved?

     

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

     

    Commitment

    As this is a volunteering project, you can commit any time from an hour to an entire afternoon. You will be working alongside other volunteers and the project is very flexible, so you can work around your schedule.

     

    What can I gain from taking part?

    You will gain practical experience of gardening and working within a team. Restoring the garden will make it an attractive social space for all students to enjoy. You can also log the hours you put in through the Student Union Livesey Award Scheme.

     

    How can I get involved?

    To find out more information about this opportunity please contact the volunteering team by emailing suvolunteering@uclan.ac.uk or sign up here!

    • InterestsEnvironmental & Conservation, Event planning, Leadership and Management, Planning and Organising, Project Management, Networking, Opportunity & Recognition, Animals and Wildlife, Events and Festivals
    • Inspiring Projects volunteer
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    Sexual Health Awareness Group 2020-21

    Volunteering

    This opportunity takes place from 14 Jan 2021.

    This is for current S.H.A.G. members or those on the Sexual Health Degree wishing to be part of the group this year.

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

    (in conjunction with Health Champions)

    * Applications for new S.H.A.G. volunteers have now CLOSED so essential training can take place. If you're on the Sexual Health degree you can still sign up *

     

    This opportunity is for volunteers looking to be involved in the Sexual Health Project for 2020-2021. 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. For more details check out their video here.

    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.

    • InterestsCreative and Design, Event planning, IT, Computers and Web Skills, Leadership and Management, Marketing, Mentoring, Planning and Organising, Project Management, Research, Reviewing and Evaluation, Teaching and Training, Networking, Opportunity & Recognition, Campaigning & Fundraising, Events and Festivals, Health and Social Care, LGBTQ+
    • Inspiring Projects volunteer
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    Time to Change Champions 2020-21

    Volunteering

    This opportunity takes place from 14 Jan 2021.

    Champions 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 Champion

    Negative attitudes stop people with mental health problems getting the help and support they need. Time to Change Champions use their experience of mental health problems to change the way people think and act about mental health. Last year's Champions organised the first UCLan Time to Talk Day and got students and staff talking about mental health.

    What do Champions do?

    Being a champion is a flexible and voluntary commitment. You can do what you have time for, and what you’re comfortable doing.

    There are lots of ways to be a Champion, including:

    1. Having conversations about mental health with the people around you – whether that’s your mum, a mate or the postman – and talking about your experience.

    2. Running a Time to Change activity in a café, train station or in your workplace.

    3. Telling your story online or in the media.

    4. Speaking up when people say stereotypical or damaging things 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.” – current UCLan SU Time to Change Champion

     

    Why be a champion?

    · As a champion, 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.

    · You will recieve free accredited training and support when speaking out and sharing your story.

    How do I sign up?

    · Register your interest by signing up to this opportunity - please note you must have lived experience* of mental health issues to become a Time to Change Champion

    · Attend the meetings

    · We will assist you in signing up online

    · Attend the complusory training sessions (these may take place online) · Remember all volunteering for an SU project or opportunity counts towards the Livesey Award

    · Please email suvolunteering@uclan.ac.uk if you have further questions

    *lived experience - any person who identifies as having a current or past lived experience of psychological or emotional issues, distress or problems, irrespective of whether they have a diagnosed mental illness and/or have received treatment. This does not have to be personal experience, it may be that you have experience of mental health through supporting a friend or family member.

    • InterestsCreative and Design, Event planning, Leadership and Management, Literacy and Copywriting, Marketing, Planning and Organising, Presentation, Project Management, Research, Teaching and Training, Networking, Opportunity & Recognition, Campaigning & Fundraising, Events and Festivals, Health and Social Care
    • Inspiring Projects volunteer
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    Litter Pick Project Volunteers 2020-21

    Volunteering

    This opportunity takes place from 14 Jan 2021.

    Can you help make our community a cleaner place to live? Then get involved!

    ** Project on hold -  will re-commence after Lockdown **

    From November - December 2020 our Litter Pick Project Volunteers collected 70 bags of rubbish and came 4th in a national litter pick competition. 

    We are now looking to recuit a team of volunteers to help us continue to clean up our community and make Preston a nicer place to live.

    If you want to get involved sign up here and we'll be in touch, all we ask is that you can volunteer an hour or more a week to help out.

    All equipment is provided by UCLan SU, you just need warm clothes and sensible footwear.

    Contact suvolunteering@uclan.ac.uk for more information, or sign up here today!

    • InterestsEnvironmental & Conservation, Leadership and Management, Planning and Organising, Project Management, Networking, Opportunity & Recognition, Animals and Wildlife, Campaigning & Fundraising
    • Inspiring Projects volunteer
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    Zero Waste Area volunteers 2021-22

    Volunteering

    This opportunity takes place from 14 Jan 2021.

    Volunteers needed for the committee to help with decisions and marketing of the Zero Waste Area in the Union Shop.

    ** Project currently on hold due to the Union Shop being closed - please apply to help us from September 2021 **

    What is the Zero Waste Area?

    The Zero Waste Area was established in the Union Shop last year with funding from NUS Student Eats.

    A zero waste shop, in essence, is a plastic-free shop. Our Zero Waste Area is part of our Union Shop and sells wholefoods and other eco-friendly products completely plastic free!

    We are looking for students to join our team of student volunteers to be on the committee, helping staff decide what products should be stocked, where profits should be spent and helping to market and promote the area. The Zero Waste Area is a social enterprise and all profits will be used for social and/or environmental purposes (this may include reinvestment back into the enterprise).

    What can you get out of being involved in this project?

    Are you interested in nutrition and health promotion? This experience will create an ideal starting point for building up your CV in this area. You could also gain experience in marketing, food safety, food hygiene and display, customer service, and teamwork.

    You will be provided with advice and guidance on the finance side of the enterprise which will also improve your skills in these areas.

    Working as part of a team can help you make friends and improve mental health and wellbeing.

    • InterestsAdministration and Clerical, 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, Business and Leadership, Events and Festivals
    • Inspiring Projects volunteer
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    Craft and Food Fair Lead Volunteers 2021-22

    Volunteering

    This opportunity takes place from 14 Jan 2021.

    This is for students wishing to help organise & plan the on-campus Craft & Food Fairs.

    Craft and Food Fair lead volunteers needed for September 2021 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?

    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 new 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 2021 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, IT, Computers and Web Skills, Leadership and Management, Literacy and Copywriting, Marketing, Office IT (Word, Excel etc), Planning and Organising, Project Management, Research, Reviewing and Evaluation, Networking, Opportunity & Recognition, Business and Leadership, Events and Festivals, Media and Marketing
    • Inspiring Projects volunteer
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    NHS Volunteer Responders

    Volunteering

    This opportunity takes place from 14 Jan 2021.

    For NHS Volunteer Responders to log their hours towards the Livesey Award

    Your NHS needs you! Join our team today.

    NHS Volunteer Responders has been set up to support the NHS and the care sector during the COVID-19 outbreak. To do this we need an 'army' of volunteers who can support the 1.5m people in England who are at most risk from the virus to stay well. Our doctors, nurses, those working in local authorities and other professionals, will be able to refer people in to NHS Volunteer Responders and be confident that they have been matched with a reliable, named volunteer.

     

    You can help by signing up online. Once you have registered and checks are complete you will be provided a log-in to the GoodSAM Responder app. Switch the app to 'on duty', and you'll see live and local volunteer tasks to pick from nearby.

     

    This programme enables volunteers to provide care or to help a vulnerable person, which is permitted under the new rules announced by the Government on 23rd March 2020. Volunteers may be asked to show the active task they are responding to if asked.

     

    Volunteers must be 18 or over, and fit and well with no symptoms. Those in higher-risk groups (including those over 70, those who are pregnant or with underlying medical conditions) will be able to offer support by telephone.

     

    Your safety is our priority. The majority of tasks can be undertaken while social distancing and volunteers will receive guidance through our 'getting started pack'. If you do become ill you can pause your volunteering.

     

    Patient transport drivers will require an enhanced DBS check and will receive guidance to do this role safely, also included within the 'getting started pack'.

     

    IMPORTANT INFO:

    Once you've signed up and have been approved as an NHS Volunteer please email suvolunteering@uclan.ac.uk and let us know, so you can start logging your volunteering time towards the Livesey Award under this opportunity. If you don't let us know this, we won't know to approve you.

     

    Remember, the link to sign up as an NHS Volunteer Responder is: https://www.goodsamapp.org/NHSvolunteerresponders 

    • InterestsAdministration and Clerical, Planning and Organising, Networking, Opportunity & Recognition, Elderly Care, Health and Social Care
    • Inspiring Projects volunteer
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