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  • UCLan Students' Union logo

    Kids club volunteer

    UCLan Students' Union

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    Do you enjoy working with children and want to volunteer to help Student parents at UCLan? This opportunity is for you.

    Are you passionate about sparking creativity in young minds and want to be a part of a fun-filled day for children? We're looking for enthusiastic volunteers like you to join us and make a difference in the lives of young ones and student parents.

    The children at the event will be aged 4 and above and all materials and training will be provided.

    All volunteers need to be DBS checked which will be paid for by CVCL.

    Sign up for the project and a member of staff will be in contact to let you know the next steps.

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    Pulse Media Project

    UCLan Students' Union

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    Are you passionate about storytelling, journalism, design, or any form of creative expression? We've got the perfect platform for you to showcase your talents and make your voice heard!

    Pulse Media is a dynamic and inclusive student media project designed to empower students. Whether you're an aspiring journalist, photographer, designer, or creative mind, this project is your canvas to express yourself, share your unique perspective, and connect with a like-minded community.

    ? Why Join Pulse Media? ?

    1. Amplify Your Voice: Your ideas, stories, and creativity deserve to be heard and seen. Pulse provides a platform to showcase your talent and make a meaningful impact.

    2. Build a Community: Connect with fellow students who share your interests and passions. Collaborate on projects, engage in discussions, and create friendships within our supportive community.

    3. Develop Skills: Pulse offers hands-on experience to hone your skills and boost your resume. 
       

    Any time spent on pulse media can be logged as volunteering hours to work toward volunteer hour awards 

    • InterestsAdministration and Clerical, Creative and Design, Arts and Culture, Media and Marketing
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    Sexual Health Awareness Group

    Volunteering

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    This is for the Re-launched S.H.A.G. Group and anyone wishing to be part of the group

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

    * Applications for new S.H.A.G. volunteers now Open *

    This project has a pot of funding for students to use to run sexual health events and campaigns decided by you and your fellow students

    This opportunity is for volunteers looking to be involved in the Sexual Health Project for 2023-2024. 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.

    The project is a safe and inclusive space where all individuals can feel comfortable discussing sexual health topics. We respect diversity and strive to create an environment that fosters open communication.

    What can you get involved with ?

    Organize Workshops and Events: Volunteers will plan and host workshops, seminars, and events to look at various aspects of sexual health. Topics could include safe sex practices, the importance of regular check-ups, and the promotion of healthy relationships.

    Distribute Information: Develop and distribute informative materials, such as brochures, posters, and online content. Use social media platforms and other communication channels to reach a wider audience.

    Host Awareness Campaigns: Organise awareness campaigns throughout the academic year. Promoting events such as world AIDs day, where you can engage with the student body and provide information on sexual health.

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

     

    • 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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    Craft and Food Fair Volunteers 2023-24

    Volunteering

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    This is for students who want to get involved in helping plan or run our amazing on-campus fairs from September 2023 onwards. 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.

    Craft and Food Fair volunteers are needed for September 2023 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?

    - Or are you just interested in helping out on the day?

    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.

    This type of role would suit someone looking for an exciting project to volunteer with, who likes to make their mark, and who has strong organisational and teamwork 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 in March 2024 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 and sign up here 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 Volunteering 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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    Mental Health Matters Project 2023-24

    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.

    ****This project has funding to run events and campaigns to promote positive mental health and awareness of issues affecting students at University.Help us spend some money to improve students' lives****

    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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    Hedgehog Friendly Campus - Bronze award

    Volunteering

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    Help us to achieve our Bronze award as a hedgehog-friendly Campus



    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.
     

    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, Leadership and Management, Literacy and Copywriting, Marketing, Planning and Organising, Presentation, Project Management, Research, Reviewing and Evaluation, Networking, Opportunity & Recognition, Animals and Wildlife, Campaigning & Fundraising, Events and Festivals, Health and Social Care, Media and Marketing
    • Inspiring Projects volunteer
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    Forget Me Not Project

    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.

    • InterestsCreative and Design, Event planning, Leadership and Management, Literacy and Copywriting, Marketing, Office IT (Word, Excel etc), Planning and Organising, Project Management, Networking, Opportunity & Recognition, Campaigning & Fundraising, Elderly Care, Events and Festivals, Health and Social Care
    • Inspiring Projects volunteer
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    One-off Wednesdays volunteer 2023-24

    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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    SUL Football Managers

    Volunteering

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    Do you enjoy playing ‘FIFA’ and/or ‘Football Manager’? Well you can do it for real as part of the Student Union League!

    We are looking for committed volunteers with a passion for Football to take on one of our SU 11-a-side teams (Non-BUCS).

    These teams play on Wednesday afternoons at the UCLan Sports Arena against teams made up of other UCLan students.

    Managers are responsible for the following;

    • Keeping in regular communication with the Social Sports Coordinator
    • Recruiting students to play for your team
    • Communicating details to your team such as fixture times etc
    • Ensuring all players have paid membership (£40)
    • Ensuring all SU owned playing kit is looked after and returned

    All of this, and more, is done under the support and guidance of the Social Sports Coordinator

    • InterestsAdministration and Clerical, Event planning, Leadership and Management, Mentoring, Planning and Organising, Project Management, Teaching and Training, Sports and Coaching
    • Sports Committee member
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