capital of the north
University is to create the largest higher education volunteering
scheme in the country, helping to make Leeds the volunteering
capital of the north, under a new £500,000 community
over 800 students registered to volunteer last year, including
250 in inner-city schools, the University's scheme is
already one of the largest in the UK. Under the HEFCE-funded
plan, a further 280 volunteering opportunities will be
created, with staff as well as students encouraged to
Student Action currently run by volunteers and
one sabbatical officer will employ its first permanent
development worker and clerical support, with £65,000
of the grant over three years.
a perfect time for us to get this funding," said
Action co-ordinator Chris Ring. "At the moment we've
more volunteers than we can find places for. The development
officer will help us create 80 more opportunities over
the next two years."
days targeting a particular area of the city to carry
out clean-ups, do gardens, or paint community centres
will provide activities for both staff and students to
get involved in.
action days will be perfect for those who can't make an
ongoing regular commitment, but can do a one-off event,"
said head of the city, regional and widening participation
office, Ceri Nursaw. "But it's not all about painting
and gardening a whole range of skills and experience
at the University could be used to benefit the local community."
benefit will be mutual, as volunteering becomes part of
staff development programmes, and is used to give staff
valuable experience such as project management or team
new website will bring together volunteering opportunities
from the University, Action and local voluntary organisations.
The city, regional and widening participation office is
moving to the former premises of Leeds Innovations, on
Woodhouse Lane, to provide higher visibility and easier
access for staff and students alike.
grant will fund the appointment of new staff to oversee
the organisation and implementation of these new developments.
Campus Connect's coordinator Chris Pickering will take
over as volunteering manager and an arts co-ordinator
based part-time in Wakefield will focus
on volunteering opportunities and outreach in fashion,
design, music, drama and fine art.
ensure the University's active involvement in the city,
Gavin Betts, formerly of the institute for corporate learning,
will take up the post of city officer, helping to develop
policy and managing the University's activity in the community
to assist regeneration. A new community project officer
will be appointed over the summer.