Volunteer in the community with The Union!

Community.jpgNew Year, new opportunity!

While everyone else is making their new year’s resolutions, why not seek out a fantastic new challenge? Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, develop new skills, learning something about yourself and enhance your employability. We’ve put together some of the most exciting opportunities you can get involved in across Manchester from the Union’s Volunteering website that will give you a brand new challenge…

  1. Helping your community

Family films project volunteer

The aim of this project is to create a community cinema once per month in Nantwich, where families can watch family-friendly films. Find out more here!

  1. Getting active

MMU Sport have teamed up with City in the Community (CITC) to provide an exclusive opportunity for MMU students to visit the Etihad Campus and hear about CITC’s volunteer opportunities.

On Tuesday the 16th February, MMU Sport have planned a visit the Etihad campus for 20 students to hear more about CITC (the type of work they do and their main aims). Then, we will take a short walk across to the community pitch at the CFA complex were you can watch a CITC Soccer Camp in action.

** Free transport will be provided to and from the university **

Following this, on Monday 22nd February (Time & Venue TBC), the staff at CITC will be coming onto campus to deliver a short session on their specific volunteering opportunities. You will be invited to this session and can sign up for anything that catches your interest there and then. Click here to find out more!

  1. Sharing your expertise

Beating Bowel Cancer is looking for a volunteer to help increase its corporate relationships in the North West. The charity is looking for a volunteer to research companies in the region who look to work with charities. If you’re interested then you can find out more here!

  1. Giving something back

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Targeted Youth Support Team run several projects and need volunteers to support all of these projects: Primary Respect aged 8-11 Pupils are selected by the school to attend 2 hour sessions once a week for 6 weeks to help develop their confidence and responsibility and make the most of their abilities Respect aged 13-16 Young people who are referred to the ten week programme by many agencies. The aim of the project is to establish an entitlement for all children to develop and apply knowledge, skills and understanding that will help them to become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens. On the streets (OTS) Meet young people on the streets in areas of embedded youth nuisance, the aim is to engage young people, develop activities and facilitate positive links between the young people and others/groups in their local area to construct an ongoing legacy which is beneficial to all within the community. Volunteers would need to commit a minimum of one day per month. Find out more here!

  1. Getting creative

Age UK hold an art and craft group at their Health and Well Being Centre in Macclesfield and, from September 2013, have held an art and craft group at their centre in Congleton. They are currently looking for volunteers to facilitate these sessions. Get crafty and find out more here

You can earn points towards your MMU Futures Award for taking part in volunteering!

Keep up-to-date with volunteering by following @VolunteeringMMU on Twitter!

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