Your volunteering makes the impact!
Volunteering and the Manchester Leadership Programme
Together you have changed the world…
This year a record 1,232 students have participated in the Manchester Leadership Programme (MLP), actively contributing to the Manchester community and beyond through volunteering. As the Volunteering & Community Engagement Team at the University, we continually receive very positive feedback from voluntary and community organisations, as well as local residents – telling us about the massive difference MLP students have made through their volunteering activity. Through your volunteering, you have been a credit to the University and in your own way you have all helped to change the world! To everyone that volunteered as part of the MLP, a massive thank you! Below are some of your volunteering highlights throughout the year. Please read on to find out more....
“We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff at the MLP…As a charity we rely on volunteers and donations, and the hard work undertaken by the students is of vital importance to us…We appreciate the efforts made and you can be sure that the funds raised will help us to continue our work in the Greater Manchester inner city communities.” Darren Connor, Mothers Against Violence
Based on the minimum wage this equates to a contribution of £265. This year. In total 415 students achieved the Manchester Leadership Gold Award. Divided into working solidly (no breaks or sleep).379 hours of volunteering this year. we had five schools that had a 100% completion rate for MLP volunteering. enabling them to receive the Manchester Leadership Award – this is a massive increase from the previous year.
. this would be 29 years and four months. this works out as over six years volunteering for one person! If divided into working days.
.541. the School of Materials.42.24 based on the minimum wage.4% of students completed the volunteering commitment of the MLP this year. Together all MLP students completed an incredible 53. This year. the School of Dentistry. with 83% completing last year.827. 40 students individually volunteered for more than 100 hours and counted it towards their Manchester Leadership Award. The MLP has been running for seven years. 180 achieved the Silver Award and 482 students achieved the Manchester Leadership Bronze Award. and throughout this time the financial contribution through volunteering totals £1.027. the School of Mechanical and Civil Engineering.Some whopping MLP statistics
A fantastic 87. the School of Nursing and Midwifery and the School of Psychological Sciences.
Who you’ve been volunteering with…
Here is just a taste of the massive number of organisations who have benefited from the involvement and enthusiasm of MLP students over the past year:
And this is what they’ve said about you…
On a day-to-day basis we talk to the organisations and local residents living in the community that you have been volunteering with. Below is just a sample of the comments that they have made about you and your volunteering:
000 volunteering hours over the week! This equates to £4. A group of students even used it recently for an event. a Geography student who volunteered at both the school and the Scout hut said: "The two causes were more than thankful for what as a collective group we had achieved. which the Scout group were really pleased about. collectively donating almost 1. “What a fantastic two days we had with Operation Impact student volunteers! Over 40 keen and conscientious volunteers each day…Our hut looks so much better. you volunteered together to transform an eco-garden in a Fallowfield primary school. which is used by other community groups and individuals from Withington and Old Moat. Operation Impact. And make a visible and sustainable impact on the community. Over 160 of you got involved in Operation Impact. 1st Withington Scouts
." Due to all your hard work. make over a scout hall in Withington and create a friendly and welcoming outdoor area in a sheltered accommodation scheme in Ardwick for all the residents to enjoy. Friendships were made and laughs were shared all for a good cause. we would really like to thank you for making the whole event a massive success! As Lindsey concluded: "Operation Impact was a successful project for both the local community and all that participated.90 in monetary value (based on the minimum wage). and it was a real sense of accomplishment for the rest of us being able to see the before and afters of our work.MLP students mobilised for Operation Impact!
Many of you chose to get involved in our large-scale volunteering event. After the experience I was completely shattered but the feeling of accomplishment made the whole experience worthwhile". the Scouts have now made the hut into a 'community hub'. you definitely did! Throughout the week. bright and fresh and immediately welcoming. Chair. This is an action-packed week-long event consisting of a series of large-scale community projects that uses the mass mobilisation of MLP volunteers to make a visible and sustainable impact in the local neighbourhood.755. Lindsey Milton. Thank you!” Len Grant. To all of you that got involved in Operation Impact and really got stuck in.
A second event was held in March which focused solely on selling Chinese breakfasts. Cancer Research UK A committed group of you led a large-scale fundraising project on behalf of Cancer Research UK. Here are just some of the projects that you were involved with this year: After Adoption A group of you set up a project to raise money and awareness for After Adoption. Both events were a great success with nearly £200 raised. your communication skills also improved.400 in total. numerous bake sales and bucket collections. The group ran an event on campus as part of After Adoption’s ‘Big Breakfast’ campaign last November. and people from different cultures to get to know each other better.MLP students lead the way in volunteering
This year. Everyone involved thoroughly enjoyed taking part. Furthermore the group also increased awareness of After Adoption and the great work it does.000 for the Paterson Institute for Cancer Research in Withington. with many of you reporting that through the interaction with the babies and toddlers and their parents. A group of you researched the shopping and eating habits of the older generation. The group now aims to build on this year’s success as they continue with the project next academic year. Amongst the events held were a charity auction. The projects varied considerably. The aims of the project were for younger and older generations. Barnardo’s A tenacious team of you continued the great work of the Barnardo’s Society on campus. Beauty East A group of you organised cultural days in community centres across Manchester to raise awareness of Eastern Asian cultures in the local community. many of you developed project management. As a team of seven committee members and the support of other MLP volunteers. tips on healthy eating and how older people can make good use of left-overs.
. Baguley Sure Start Centre Each week several of you ran sessions on a weekly basis at the Sure Start Centre in Wythenshawe with the aim of improving the communication and language of babies and toddlers living in the area. From the research you then produced a simple recipe book including ideas for meals. Hate Waste This project aimed to promote healthy eating and food waste reduction to older people. a charity supporting anyone connected with adoption as well as providing an adoption agency to find families for children in the care system. communication. Together you organised an incredible 17 fundraising events raising over £2. hosting your very own band night called ‘Manchestival’ as well as using Valentine’s Day as a quirky hook to sell roses around campus. negotiation. selling English and Chinese breakfast items. you organised a series of fundraising events which generated an impressive £1. teamwork and planning skills. from volunteering with older people to raising awareness of health issues to international development projects. many of you got involved in a wide range of volunteering projects that were of real benefit to the wider community. The events included pub quizzes. Love Food. Through being involved in the projects. an international food festival.
you all achieved so much! Times Gone By A small group of you researched and published a book of captivating. hosting an Olympic Games event and having a Christmas sing-a-long. Psychology student and International projects. in addition to local schools and youth clubs to help the younger generations get to know more about their local history and the older people living in their community. English classes for asylum seekers. eco fashion workshops at a local women’s refuge and financial literacy workshops for local high school students. You ran older generation and their ‘Times Gone an amazing ten fundraising events which raised over £7. so has been both enjoyable and fulfilling. have lots of fun and find out more about the older generation. Congratulations to all of you involved in SIFE this year. The activities included hosting a Chinese cultural event. encouraging exotic fruit tasting.” shipped to the partner schools in Tanzania. The project focused on giving the older people opportunities to try something new. rather than focus on what they can no longer do.
. not just for the READ International people who have contributed. who sell bras on to local traders. This year proved to be the most successful year for SIFE Manchester. This process provides employment and a sustainable livelihood for local people. and I the bras you collected have been invaluable to Oxfam! hope that this booklet will provide an enriching experience. finishing as the close runner up to the competition’s eventual winners. Oxfam Big Bra Hunt On behalf of Oxfam. These included a free business consultancy for local charities. Furthermore you also volunteered with the pupils from two local primary schools. The project also helped you to develop your interpersonal skills. running a card making session. bras are the single most “Being part of the [Times Gone By] project desirable item of clothing because of the complex way in which they are manufactured.000 to pay for the books to be By’. a group of you developed a campaign to encourage staff and students to ‘get their kit off for poverty’. funny and inspiring stories based on the discussions that you had with the older people who attend a local community resource centre. helping them to make a real difference in the community. and donate their old and unwanted bras. As a group. volunteer on ‘Times Gone By’ Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) SIFE continued to run a range of social enterprise projects.300 bras! In some countries. the book focused on the contributors favourite memories. Oxfam ethically sells the donated bras to manufacturers in developing countries such as Frip Ethique in Senegal.My Generation A group of you regularly planned and ran a wide variety of activity afternoons in a local community resource centre where older people attend. Titled ‘Times Gone By: A Book of Mancunian Memories’. enabling them to set up their own READ Laura Boundy. as it reached the semi-finals at the National Competition for the first time in the projects history. you collected over 1. which many of you have been involved in this year. The project received great interest from the public with your efforts generating a lot of positive press coverage. Over 100 copies of this moving and often comical book were published and distributed to the people who contributed their personal memories. but for Over 20 of you were involved in this year’s READ International project which takes younger people able to learn about the practical steps to increase the education books available in Tanzanian schools. to build their confidence and let them see what they can do.
t-shirts. It gave many of you the opportunity to volunteer in small student teams to raise money for selected charities over a short period of time. Dentistry student. all with pink tutus. All the volunteering groups got creative with their fundraising projects. not only had I learnt new skills and improved the ones I had already. The students worked exceptionally hard using their own initiative and ideas and needed very little guidance from the charity. I developed good relationships with the Genesis charity members and will be doing much more work with them in the future. Together Trust
The volunteers raising money for the Genesis Breast Cancer Appeal raised over £400. Mothers Against Violence. Entrepreneurial skills were used to the fore. Gemma Chapman said: “The Great Fundraise opened my eyes to how fun charity work and volunteering can be. As friendship groups.
“We were delighted to be a chosen charity for The Great Fundraise. banners and buckets. Charities that benefited from The Great Fundraise included Barnardos.The Great Fundraise Gets the Grands!
Many of you participated in The Great Fundraise. Leadership was also a key skill that many of you developed through The Great Fundraise. They managed their stocks and finances by setting up an online ordering service. using creative volunteering to collectively raise a staggering £3237. I felt that I had achieved a huge amount.63 for local and national charities. I had also had a great time and it was a fantastic experience. Together Trust and Venture Arts. enabling them to offer a fast. developing key skills such as budget and project management."
. to hosting a ‘Manchester Night’ in a local bar. a Geography student and part of the group that hosted a speed dating event that raised £373 for Diabetes UK also commented: “At the end of the project. you volunteered together to develop and implement fun and worthy fundraising initiatives. hosting a ‘Bop Goes Pink’ night. They also organised a street collection in Fallowfield. for example one group held a children’s themed pub quiz to raise money for the Children’s Air Ambulance whilst the Barnardos group utilised their cooking skills from their home country by selling Oriental food to weary athletes after sporting events. efficient and customer-focused service. from holding a spicy curry night with sponsored waxing to planning a gruelling 24 hour sponsored bike ride. The Great Fundraise took place in Student Volunteering Week (20 – 26 February). They raised a fantastic amount of money in just two weeks – I think they may have found their future career path! Thank you so much for your support! Julie Williams.” Catherine Watling. communication. negotiation and team work. all the while clocking up volunteering hours towards your Manchester Leadership Award.
grabbing saws and loppers to cut down overgrown woodland and planting trees and flowers.622 invested into the local economy.
Rising to the Challenge!
Throughout the year many of you volunteered on MLP Challenges which are one-off volunteering events that we organised in partnership with local voluntary and not-for-profit organisations. The Great Fundraise gave me a simple and effective way to introduce University of Manchester students to our charity and engage them in everything we do. This included a campaign to increase awareness of HIV testing to help combat the virus. An incredible 169 MLP Challenges took place. the Children’s Air Ambulance to start generating vital funds. showcasing your artistic talents from your home countries to children in a local primary school. I've found and developed three talented volunteers who are very interested in the Children's Air Ambulance and have pledged to support us long term. 10. planning and preparation by you.everything an employer wants to see!” Thank you to everyone that took part in the Great Fundraise . many of you are continuing to fundraise for your chosen charities – it is great to see how committed you are. singing and dancing to entertain older people attending community resource centres and renovating community centres. Overall.your contribution really helped to make The Great Fundraise a success. based on the minimum wage. supporting community events such as fun runs and Christmas celebrations.
. We also ran 25 MLP Challenge Projects. from designing and creating artistic murals within the community for children to learn from and enjoy. this equates to £50. The Challenges included creating topiary figures for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. to developing and implementing health campaigns on campus. Fundraising Manager at the charity exclaimed: “The Great Fundraise is a brilliant initiative.165 hours were spent volunteering on both MLP Challenges and MLP Challenge Projects. These included donning waders and cleaning ponds. which were Challenges that ran over a longer period of time and involved project management. raise vital funds for charity and make a positive difference to people living locally and across the UK. creating community gardens. Furthermore. It's also a great tool for the students as they can gain and develop skills while supporting a cause close to their hearts . David Reeves.The Great Fundraise enabled new charity. The Challenge Projects that you were involved in also varied greatly. Furthermore. many of you loved nothing more than getting your hands dirty and volunteering outside on environmental activities.
and stocks and shares. so they are great for people with learning difficulties. A group of you used your creative. ideas and cultures. interpersonal and excellent communication skills to design and make a number of sensory story books for the service users at a local centre that specialises in encouraging the health and independence of people with learning difficulties. but also extremely rewarding. The workshops included Chinese Art. in which a group of you actively encouraged people to donate blood. I was most flattered by her compliment and her encouragement still lingers in my mind. The project was a great success with the service users really enjoying the sensory story books. I was having lunch after three hours of teaching Chinese calligraphy when a girl approached me and said ‘Emma you have been a great teacher today’.”
. You then went into the centre on a number of occasions to deliver your stories to service users. Economics student and emotions rather than words and pictures. ‘Sharing Skills’ was another new and exciting Challenge Project that ran throughout the year. where I have definitely found myself out of my comfort zone! This has been really scary. Liling [Emma] Bian. a Linguistics & Sociology student commented after volunteering on the Sharing Skills project: “It was a truly wonderful experience. Sensory story books are accessible stories for those who cannot benefit from mainstream books as they are told interactively through actions Ruwani De Silva. around 300 lives could have been saved! This just goes to show the impact that your volunteering really does make!
The ‘Sensory Story Book’ project was an innovative project that really made a positive impact on the lives local people with learning difficulties. up-cycling and re-fashioning.”
“Through the MLP I have been involved in a number of challenging volunteer projects. The aim of the workshops were to introduce the children to new subjects. The students delivering this campaign actually broke a record by achieving the highest ever number of donor enrolments at an on-campus donation session! Through this volunteering. widen their experience and inspire them to learn. It involved some of you planning and delivering a number of educational and cultural workshops to children aged 11 to 14 that attend the Manchester Creative and Media Academy.‘Do Something Amazing’ on behalf of the National Blood Service was another health campaign.
your volunteering really has had an immense impact on the local community of Manchester and beyond. I do feel that the MLP has given me an advantage when applying for internships. Also if you want to remind yourself of some of the volunteering projects that you have participated in this year.linkedin. This is a great way for you to network professionally with other MLP students. equipping them with better skills and making them stand out in a highly competitive recruitment market. we have lots of photos available on the MLP Facebook fan page. who has recently achieved his Gold Manchester Leadership Award says: “The MLP offered me the chance to boost my CV and gain some like experience through volunteering. we hope that you will have “caught the volunteering bug”. As Bogdan Vasile. thank you all for making it an outstanding year for the MLP and volunteering.And Finally…
Through the MLP. the participants of the MLP. and that volunteering will continue to become part of your life.ac. we want to wish you all the best of luck for the future. share experiences and find out about job opportunities.
. There is an MLP LinkedIn group. Our online Volunteering Vacancy Service continues to be available to you. To join go to: www. However we cannot underestimate the impact that volunteering has on you. And on behalf of all the staff involved in the MLP. Also if you are no longer in Manchester. there are national services listed on our website to help you source volunteering elsewhere in the UK.manchester.” Employers tell us that options like the MLP make graduates more employable. which you can join. helping me to stand out from the crowd.uk/volunteers. Once again. As this report shows.com/groups/Manchester-Leadership-Programme3925469?mostPopular=&gid=3925469. For more details go to: www.