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  1. 1. www.derby.ac.uk/careers Volunteering Volunteering Newsletter Issue 4 January 2015 Welcome to the January edition of the Volunteering Newsletter. The start of the new year and the new academic semester is the perfect time to make a resolution to develop a skill, find a new interest or get involved in your local community. There are opportunities from local organisations and national charities in this newsletter and don’t forget all current students can register for the Futures Award to gain recognition for the brilliant extra-curricular activity they are involved in. The best way of keeping up to date with the latest opportunities is on the ‘Derby Uni Volunteering’ Facebook page or on Twitter @DerbyUniVol. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, get in touch with us on T: 01332 591316 or E: volunteering@derby.ac.uk You can subscribe to receive the newsletter electronically each month by emailing volunteering@derby.ac.uk Student Volunteering Week 2015 Now in its 14th year, Student Volunteering Week aims to bring together individuals and organisations across the UK to celebrate the achievements and impact of student volunteers in their local communities, encouraging and inspiring more students to volunteer. During the week, 23rd February to 1st March, there will be lots of activities happening here to celebrate our student volunteers and give everyone the opportunity to try volunteering. We’re working with the Students’ Union and they have lots of exciting plans so stay tuned and we’ll share details in the February edition of the newsletter as well as on social media – we can’t wait! You can follow what’s happening across the country on Twitter with #SVW2015 and find out more at www.studentvolunteeringweek.org.uk Think Global – a date for your diary! If you’re interested in volunteering or working abroad you won’t want to miss this event. Think Global: Work, Study and Volunteer Overseas Fair is taking place in the Atrium at Kedleston Road on Wednesday 4th February 2015, 10am – 2pm. This event is a fantastic opportunity to speak to organisations offering jobs, placements, study and volunteering abroad. There’s no need to book, come along on the day and meet a variety of companies and charities with opportunities to work, study and volunteer overseas. Happy New Year! 58677MC1/2015
  2. 2. Volunteering Newsletter Volunteering Newsletter Volunteer of the month At the start of the new semester we want to celebrate all of the wonderful volunteering activities our students have been involved in over the past year. We’d like to say well done to everyone who has given their time to a cause and thank you to the charities and community organisations which have provided student volunteers with the opportunities to develop their skills, enhance their employability and have fun. We’ve heard some fantastic stories as a result of our annual Volunteering Fair in November from charities including Guide Dogs, Hadhari Nari project, Macmillan and Myaware and we’ll share them and more in future editions of the newsletter this year. If your organisation hosts a University of Derby volunteer, we want to celebrate the difference they’re making to the local community. All you need to do is email volunteering@derby.ac.uk with around 100 words on why you want to see their efforts recognised. Here’s to another successful year of volunteering in 2015! A message from Macmillan November’s Volunteering Fair was a great success and it’s always a pleasure to receive feedback from the charities which attended. Gini Smith from Macmillan Derbyshire sent us this message: “A big thank you to everyone who came to say hello to the Macmillan team at the UoD Volunteering Fair in November and thanks to the Uni team for setting up such a great event. So many of you signed up to support us and we will be contacting all of you to talk about volunteering opportunities. If you haven’t heard from us or didn’t get a chance to come along to our stand but would like to get involved, please get in touch at gsmith@macmillan.org.uk or through the Fundraising Support Centre on 0300 1000 200 or look at volunteering opportunities on the volunteering village at www.macmillan.org.uk. We hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and hope to see you in the new year! Let’s make a difference together in 2015 and make sure no one has to face cancer alone.” Recruit volunteers for arts charity Inspirative Arts offers people of all ages and abilities a fun and meaningful way to improve their quality of life. They use art, drama, movement and music as tools for supporting personal development, typically for people with learning difficulties and those with mental health. They support people in small groups of 6-8 and on a one-to- one basis in care homes and at their base in Derby. The role The Volunteer Recruitment role will involve processing volunteer applications, arranging interviews, contacting referees, going through start up paperwork with volunteers, liasing with staff and tracking the volunteers’ process, deciding whether they pass their probationary period and completing DBS checks where appropriate. They are looking for: • Some experience of administration duties (desirable) – must have basic computer skills • Experience in customer service (desirable) • Knowledge of the field Inspirative Arts works in is desirable – they run creative expressive therapy workshops for adults with learning disabilities and want applicants to share their passion for supporting this client group • Polite and well-mannered • Leadership qualities • Confidence To discuss this opportunity further please contact Sarah on E: info@inspirativearts. co.uk Microvolunteering At the beginning of December the Students’ Union held a microvolunteering session in the atrium where students were invited to drop in and make Christmas cards for children in Derby Royal Hospital. Microvolunteering is volunteering that takes between 30 seconds to 30 minutes to complete – small actions make big differences! The festive craft session saw 28 volunteers join in on the day and they managed to make 52 cards in just three hours. Look out for lots more microvolunteering opportunities over the next year, particularly during Student Volunteering Week. Get recognition with the Futures Award Taking part in the Futures Award is an excellent opportunity for you to gain real life experience and to enhance your employability. You can gain recognition for existing activities you are involved in or we can help you find suitable volunteering opportunities and projects. The Futures Award in Volunteering is open to all students and any of the opportunities in this newsletter can qualify for the Award. To find out more visit www.derby.ac.uk/careers/futures- award Make a difference with Myaware Myaware, based in Derby, is the only UK charity to support people living with the rare neuro- muscular condition myasthenia, which causes fluctuating muscle weakness. Imagine being unable to talk, swallow or even breathe properly – for some people with myasthenia that is a daily reality. The condition can affect anyone at any time, from babies to older people. The first signs of the condition include drooping eyelids and double vision and although myasthenia is treatable, there is currently no cure. The charity needs volunteers for the following roles: • Educator Difference Maker – Keep leaflets and posters about myasthenia up to date at medical locations in your area. • FUNdraising Difference Maker – Collect funds at local events while chatting to members of the public about the condition. • Schools Difference Maker – Go into schools to present information about the charity and the condition to pupils and teachers. • Spread the Word Difference Maker – Researching local community groups to speak at and then booking speaking appointments to deliver a presentation. To apply for any of the opportunities above please send a copy of your CV to Sarah Hindley at E: sarah.hindley@myaware.org • Admin Difference Maker – Help with filing, processing information leaflets, letters and bulk mailings. To apply for this role please send a copy of your CV to Jackie Thornhill at E: jackie.thornhill@myaware.org Volunteer for The Big Bang! Peak Organics encourages people to grow, cook and eat local seasonal produce. They provide learning opportunities for people on a range of workshops: growing salads and vegetables, pruning, compost making, wreath and decoration making, bread making, etc. they also run a weekly market stall at Matlock and a monthly Farmers Market Stall at Wirksworth. Peak Organics needs help to improve their existing Wordpress based website. This role will involve: • Reviewing the existing website • Adding social media buttons • Freshening the image • Upgrading the shopping cart This opportunity will involve meeting with Peak Organics staff during normal working hours. The website improvements can be done when convenient to the volunteer. You will need to have knowledge and experience of Wordpress websites. To discuss this opportunity further please email info@peakorganics.org.uk with your name and phone number so the organisation can talk through their requirements and your skills. Improve a local organisation’s website Be part of the largest celebration of science and engineering for young people in the UK. The Big Bang showcases the exciting and rewarding careers available to young people who study science and maths. There is a national four-day event and a series of regional events across the UK. There are various opportunities for students to volunteer at the events, whether you have an interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths) or are looking for event experience. Passionate about STEM? Who: Volunteers who have a passion for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. The challenge: Sharing your experiences from the world of work or study to inspire the next generation. The roles: Structured careers activities, judging student projects for competitions and helping to deliver exciting hands-on activities. Love being involved in events? Who: Volunteers who would enjoy the experience of helping at a large-scale or community event. The challenge: Ensuring the event runs smoothly for visitors. The roles: Registering attendees, managing crowd-flow in a theatre, supporting an information point or general tasks to support the on-site running of an event. Leadership opportunities may be available at some fairs. Volunteering for The Big Bang is a great opportunity to: • Build on soft skills such as communication, team work, problem- solving and leadership • Network with peers from your industry or community • Contribute to an event that inspires the UK’s future scientists and engineers! The Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair is taking place at the NEC, Birmingham 11-14 March 2015 (one or more day shifts available). The Big Bang Near Me Fairs take place at various locations throughout the year. Find your nearest fair and sign up now at www.thebigbangfair.co.uk/volunteers
  3. 3. Volunteering Newsletter Volunteering Newsletter Develop your administration and people skills Midlands Community Finance is a not-for-profit organisation offering affordable business and personal loans to the community, offering an alternative to stop people going to high interest lenders (loan sharks). They need volunteers to provide reception and administration support at their office in Normanton to: • Meet and greet customers, collate relevant information and offer good customer service – acting as the first point of contact when a customer contacts MCF • Manage the reception phone, transfer calls and take messages • Explain to customers how MCF Loans operates, what is required from customers and to collect basic information from them when dealing with first contact queries • Support the operations of the loans management and recording systems and processes in MCF Loans. Input data onto an Excel spreadsheet in line with training • Identify customer needs and correctly match products and services to assist them • Support Loan Officers and the operations of loans management system/processes Skills required: • Face to face and telephone customer service and strong interpersonal skills • Numeracy, accuracy and attention to detail • Able to communicate complicated ideas in a simple way • Organisational skills, punctual, reliable and self-motivated • Strong customer focus with a positive outlook • Flexible and adaptable to change, able to work alone and use initiative • User-level computer literacy in MS Word and Excel • Sympathy for the social purpose of the business but recognition that MCF is nevertheless a business • Team player willing to contribute to and learn from other team members • Able to interact successfully with diverse social, economic and ethnic groups Volunteers can commit to hours that suit them and there is an opportunity to be flexible. Training on office procedures will be given and future training will be discussed. For more information please contact Lynne Simpkin on T: 08453 883998 or E: Lynne.Simpkin@mcfloans.co.uk Can you support stroke survivors? The Stroke Association works directly with stroke survivors and their families and carers, with health and social care professionals and with scientists and researchers. The charity also campaigns to improve stroke care and support people to make the best recovery they can. The charity is looking for Communication Befrienders and Communication Support Volunteers. Communication Support Services support stroke survivors whose communication has been affected by their stroke in order to relearn communication skills, build confidence and promote independence. You will support people who have communication difficulties following a stroke. You will provide focused communication support to stroke survivors either on a 1:1 basis in their homes or in small groups that last between 8 - 10 weeks. By providing communication support to stroke survivors you can enable them to access activities/ services and social support. You will also support staff to develop new communication activities or ways of supporting stroke survivors. This might be the role for you if: • You have excellent listening and communication skills • You are willing to learn the technique that is used to support communication • You are willing to try new things and able to adapt to the needs of the service user What skills and experience might you gain through this role? • An ability to communicate using a range of different methods and techniques • An awareness and understanding of disability • An insight into rehabilitation after stroke, an understanding of stroke and its effects Out of pocket expenses are reimbursed and ongoing training and support is provided to all volunteers. If you are interested in this position please contact Emma Voyle on 07717 275725 or emma.voyle@stroke.org.uk Metropolitan have a number of volunteer vacancies for people to support the running of the Hadhari Nari Service. Hadhari Nari Women’s project was established in 1986 to provide support for women and children affected by issues of domestic abuse, working with ALL women but targeting the support needs of Black and Minority Ethnic Refugee Women (BAMER). The project has developed over the years and now offers a range of services at an Advice and Information Centre located in the heart of the inner city of Derby. Hadhari Nari has an excellent track record and has provided support to women for over 28 years. During the past three decades Hadhari Nari has empowered thousands of women to move on in their lives after experiencing issues of domestic abuse. The project is affiliated to Women’s Aid Federation of England singe 1986 and has full member status. The charity is seeking volunteers for the following roles: • Administrator/ Receptionist • Support Worker • Befriender • Fundraising Publicity/ Promotion Worker • Monitoring & Evaluation Worker • Pregnancy Testing Worker • Counsellor A minimum of 3 hours per week commitment is required. If you are interested in any of the above positions, please contact the project on T: 01332 270101 or E: advicecentre@ metropolitan.org.uk for further details and an application pack. Numerous roles with women’s project Get to grips with nature Derbyshire Wildlife Trust is the only organisation in Derbyshire working to protect all wildlife throughout the county. They manage 42 nature reserves and work to promote and care for the natural environment and raise awareness of wildlife issues across Derbyshire and beyond. The charity has three exciting new opportunities. People Engagement Events Volunteer The People Engagement Team runs family events from two education centres - The Whistlestop Centre in Matlock Bath and The Wildlife Discovery Room at Carsington Water and is looking for keen volunteers to assist it. If you enjoy craft activities, the outdoors and wildlife and would like to encourage children to enjoy the same then this role is for you. People Engagement Volunteer Gardener If you have some spare time and if gardening is your thing then DWT’s small gardens are in need of some TLC. Derbyshire Wildlife Trust is looking for enthusiastic and able people to help with its gardens at either Matlock Bath or Carsington Water on a weekly or fortnightly basis. Membership Team Volunteer This role is to assist the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust (DWT) Membership Team and specifically the Membership Services Manager and Membership Sales Officer with various aspects of the Trust’s membership recruitment activities. The volunteer will be required each Monday 10am to 4pm. Main duties: • Making up posters and leaflets to a previously designed template with supplied text and pictures • Scanning • Photocopying • Laminating • Some database inputting • Making up membership packs • Mail outs • Assisting with preparation for events Skills/ qualities required: • IT literate • Organised • Able to work to deadlines Should you be interested in any of the above roles please email Diane Gould at enquiries@derbyshirewt.co.uk giving details of relevant experience, skills and knowledge. Fancy becoming a writer? Student Spot is an online magazine created for and by students which aims to make your University life as smooth and as fun as possible. They are looking for student writers to contribute as well as new motivated and inspiring team members. Wherever your passion lies they will probably be able to create a great role for you. If this opportunity appeals to you email hello@student-spot.co.uk with a bit about your interests and the areas you’d like to write about. Develop your skills with crime charity Crimestoppers is the UK’s only independent crime fighting charity. Derbyshire Crimestoppers are seeking enthusiastic and creative volunteers to assist in fundraising and driving awareness of its operations within Derbyshire. Following the introduction of a new Executive Committee in October 2014, Derbyshire Crimestoppers are recruiting volunteers to drive the charity forward in the county and promote its activities. Opportunities include general volunteering at events and more specific roles such as Fundraising Lead and Media and PR. For more information on what volunteering for Crimestoppers involves contact Pete Holland to discuss on T: 020 8835 3700 or E: pete.holland@crimestoppers-uk.org
  4. 4. Volunteering Newsletter Become a Winter Friend or a Winter Champion The Winter Friends project is aimed at people in Derby who are living with disabilities, long term health conditions and/ or are an older person who is over 65. The project has been set up to provide vulnerable people with support during the winter months which will help them to remain safe and independent in their homes. Often in the winter months vulnerable people struggle because their health condition worsens, they are anxious, lonely and depressed. Essential jobs become harder to cope with and they cannot get out and about as they normally would. As a Winter Friend you will provide emergency assistance and support to at least one vulnerable person within the local community. Tasks you will carry out could include picking up prescriptions, fetching shopping, taking them to an essential appointment, clearing snow and ice from a pathway, changing light bulbs or taking their dog for a walk. Winter Champion The Champion will visit a vulnerable person and help them to complete a Winter Friends plan. You will identify where there are gaps and if any additional support is needed. You will need to have an understanding of links and support given by other organisations. You will be required to keep written records of the plans and any signposting you have carried out. It is important that you recognise and respect the need for confidentiality in this role. You will need to have a Disclosure and Barring Service check (CRB). It will take about an hour for each winter plan to be completed. You will need to find time to keep your written records, and liaise with the Winter Friends team if you need any assistance. There will be a half day training session to attend. There is no other set time commitment, though you need to be reliable and understand that a vulnerable person may be relying on your visit or telephone call. Skills and experience required: • Good communication skills (written and verbal), able to listen, empathise and deal sensitively with vulnerable people • Be enthusiastic, patient, approachable, calm and have a caring and friendly nature with a positive outlook • As you will be working with a wide range of people from different backgrounds, you will need to be non- judgemental and comply with the Equal Opportunities policy Training will be provided and necessary travel expenses will be reimbursed. For more information please contact ‘Winter Friends’ on T: 01332 227743 or E: winterfriends@communityactionderby. org.uk Use your digital marketing skills to help a hospice Nottinghamshire Hospice serves the Nottinghamshire area, providing care for adults living with any life-limiting illness. They have two fantastic opportunities for volunteers to join their Marketing and Communications team. Digital Marketing Assistant • Maintain and update the Marketing and Communications plan. • Update the website analytics report using Google Analytics. Previous knowledge of GA would be an advantage though not essential. • Benchmark digital marketing activities against other organisations (training to be provided). • Assist in producing the monthly e-Newsletter (knowledge of Mailchimp advantageous but not essential, knowledge of Photoshop an advantage). • Update external events website and keep a log of sites updated. • Research and update external directory sites and keep a log of sites updated. • Will be involved in some copywriting/ proof reading for the website. (Proof of copywriting/ proof reading skills will be required at interview). • May be asked to design and collate basic surveys (knowledge of SurveyMonkey advantageous but not essential) Social Media Marketing Assistant • Maintain the social media plan and liaise with Fundraising Department and Day Therapy to understand what content is likely to be generated/ needs to be generated and when. • Write Facebook posts and Tweets based on the social media plan and schedule them using Hootsuite. This will include cropping photographs as required using Paint. Familiarity with Hootsuite will be an advantage. Proof of copywriting skills will be required at interview. • Benchmark Twitter and Facebook pages against other organisations (training will be given). • Review new social media developments by reading and summarising points from a list of online publications. • Update a Social Media Metrics report using Google Analytics. Previous experience using GA will be an advantage though not essential as full training can be given. The successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced DBS Check. If you are interested in applying for either opportunity please contact the hospice on T: 01159 101008 or E: emilygreenwood@ nottshospice.org Engage with young people as a mentor If you feel passionate about your local community and helping people, Sova is looking for volunteers to take part in their Engage project to mentor young people in Derby and help them steer clear of crime. Sova is a national charity that has been operating for 35 years and has several sites established in Derby. Using pre- emptive strategy they tackle underlying social problems and help improve local communities by educating members of the public and providing additional support. The project involves a variety of activities, motivational talks and workshops, so be ready to have some fun! Volunteers are expected to commit for two hours per week for 12 weeks. Training sessions, which must all be attended, will take place on January 13th, 15th, 20th and 22nd, between 5.30pm and 8.30pm. A DBS check will be obtained and applicants must provide two references. To discuss this opportunity further and request an application form please contact Sova on T: 01332 384611. www.derby.ac.uk/careers

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