Department & Society Linked Volunteering
We all know that these days having a good degree just isn’t enough for the top graduate schemes. If you want to stand out from the crowd, get some experience and have great fun getting involved in your local community, then why not sign up for one of our projects.
Department & Society Linked Volunteering aims to get knowledgeable and enthusiastic individuals involved in, and running, projects directly related to their studies and interests.
We are currently running a great range of around 20 projects from primary school language clubs to care home reading projects, and will be expanding throughout the year.
British Red Cross Missing Maps Project
Care Homes Reading Project
Countess Wear Youth Club
Football Coaching Project
Growth Mindset Mentoring
Maths Mentoring Project
Provide a Pad
Soul Choir Community Performances
Writing Mentoring Project
Over the last year Exeter Community Initiatives (ECI) piloted a bike recycling project, which they called Exeter Community Bikes (ECB), to provide the opportunity for vulnerable people to gain skills in repairing unwanted bikes. Their main aim was to promote employability through ‘hands-on’ learning and supporting people to build their skills in a work environment. The project allows Engineering students to take part in recycling bicycles and The Bike Bank provide training and skills in doing this
Volunteers will gain hands-on experience of recycling bicycles, whilst working with vulnerable adults. You will need to have a DBS check and be a member of ESV and be studying an Engineering degree. All training will be provided by ECI Bike Bank Project but if you are interested in volunteering then please email the Department and Society Linked Co-ordinators. Visit http://bikebank.eci.org.uk/volunteer for more information!
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The Missing Maps Project is an exclusive university pilot project aiming to assist NGOs by creating detailed maps of the most crisis-prone parts of the developing world.
Currently, the maps NGOs use come in all shapes and sizes. All NGOs collect geographical data of some sort but you may be surprised to know that the maps they use are very often drawn on a piece of paper by someone who has been there. Without accurate maps humanitarian organisations can find it very difficult to distribute aid to where it is most needed.
By using an open-source software Missing Maps volunteers are asked to turn satellite images into street maps. These are then sent to teams on the ground working with Médecins Sans Frontières and the British Red Cross who add street names and other details. Finally, these maps are returned to volunteers to create the final digital maps that will be freely and publicly available to all. Visit www.facebook.com/EUMissingMaps for more information and email the coordinators to register your interest.
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Based within the English Department, this project sends volunteer student readers into care homes to read to older people. This is a very successful project that attracts many English Undergraduates. Volunteers will need to have specific Care Homes Training and a DBS check completed, which is offered by the University of Exeter Students' Guild.
Volunteers will gain skills in working with vulnerable adults, public speaking and working in a care home environment. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and visit http://readingproject.exeter.ac.uk or @carehomereading on Twitter.
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This is a project specifically for Theology students who are based within a children's church in Countess Wear.
The project will allow volunteers to gain experience of working with children in a youth club environment, carrying out activities from arts and crafts to games. If you are interested, you need to be studying a Theology-based degree here at Exeter and be a member of Exeter Student Volunteers. Please email the Department and Society Linked Co-ordinators and email@example.com for more information.
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This opportunity for students from the Sports and Health Sciences courses is a great chance to build experience in coaching and working with children. Volunteers coach from mid September to end of March on Wednesday evenings (typically 6:30-7:30pm) and Saturday mornings (typically 9:45-11:45am). These days can be shared between the group, with usually 2 of the 4 volunteers attending. Volunteers don’t need to be trained coaches but an interest in football and some experience of playing is likely to be useful. There is a break in fixtures over Christmas holiday period, and volunteering can be tailored to fit within term dates although some flexibility to come to a match or two in early/mid Sept and early April would be useful. The team play fixtures in the local Exeter and District Youth Football League, played in Exeter and nearby. For more information please contact Oliver James at O.James@exeter.ac.uk
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One of the major factors holding back some Pupil Premium students is their low self-esteem and aspirations. Through effective mentoring and encouragement of a positive ‘Growth Mindset’ we are hoping that the attainment of this group will improve as they raise their aims and expectations. We would also like these students to take a more active role in the school, making the most of homework club and the extra-curricular offerings.
Although this is a volunteering role, any work with children or young people requires a high level of integrity, responsibility and commitment. For this role we want people who can take initiative and learn from what they are doing to develop the role further. The ‘Growth Mindset’ Mentors will need to visit the school least once per week. The mentoring sessions are likely to last for 20 minutes during AM Registration (08:35-08:55am). All volunteers will need to be DBS checked.
If you are interested in this project, you need to be studying a Psychology degree and be a member of Exeter Student Volunteers. Please email Ami.Gibson@exeterguild.com for more information.
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Isca Latina is a project which runs Latin clubs in local primary and secondary schools, and is run jointly by the local branch of the Classical Association, the Department of Classics and Ancient History, and the Department's SSLC. The aim of the project is twofold: to introduce Latin into state schools, and to provide work experience for undergraduates in real school settings. For our clubs we use the Cambridge Latin Course for secondary schools, and Minimus for our primary school clubs.
To take part in a Latin club, you need a minimum qualification in Latin (Beginners Latin is fine!), and have a DBS check.
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Maths is an absolutely critical skill for all learners to acquire because it is about access to power. Mathematical skills impact on our everyday life in all sorts of ways, and basic mathematical skills open doors for us to be engaged members of society, as well as increasing our personal employability. Many children struggle to gain the level of competence they need to access this powerful medium.
Volunteers from all years will be working with pupils at Stoke Hill Infant School, Ladysmith Junior School and St Peter's High School who are either struggling with Maths or are gifted and talented in the subject.
You must be studying a mathematical degree and be a member of the Maths Society as well as Exeter Student Volunteers. You will need to have a DBS check and attend bespoke training. If you are interested, please contact the Maths Society on firstname.lastname@example.org
The MathSoc mentors for this year have now been selected and trained by TeachFirst to make a positive impression in the schools and give back to our community.
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The Performance Anxiety project is an exclusive university pilot aiming to help University of Exeter students overcome anxieties surrounding presenting to other people. A self-help booklet has been developed by both members of the Psychology department and students, for students with Performance Anxiety to work through; sometimes with the support of a Peer Mentor. Part of the booklet encourages them to do a presentation. There are two types of volunteering role that members can engage in:
Peer Mentor – the Peer Mentor role is to support the use of the self-help booklet. The self-help technique encourages students with Performance Anxiety to identify the thoughts they have that contribute to the anxiety, and then find ways to ‘test out’ these thoughts. The Peer Mentor role is to work through the booklet with students who want to tackle their Performance Anxiety. The Peer Mentors will be given in-house training before being assigned students seeking help.
Performance Listener – this role involves coming along to the presentations that students seeking help want to deliver. It involves listening and giving feedback about the presentation, and requires you to be understanding and patient.
The project will allow volunteers to gain experience of working with self-help materials, in a guided self-help method; whilst potentially having a huge positive impact on those students experiencing this difficult issue.
Volunteers must be members of Mind Your Head Society and Exeter Student Volunteers. For more information, please contact email@example.com
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Provide a Pad is a student-led campaign, committed to raising awareness of homeless menstruation and to collecting sanitary products for donation.
Since a nationwide campaign in March 2016 calling on the government to abolish the "Tampon Tax", it has become clear that menstruation is no longer a convenient issue to ignore. One group who will never be afforded the luxury of ignoring their period are those who sleep rough.
Currently, 26% of individuals accessing homeless services in the UK are women and with transgender and non-binary homelessness on the rise, many more homeless individuals may have to deal with menstruation. Yet homeless shelters are vastly understocked; whilst donations of food, amenities and volunteer time are common, donations of sanitary products are rare.
Provide a Pad was established by the University of Exeter's Postgraduate Taught Officer, Sherv Cheung in April 2016. Through crowdfunding and donation drives across all three of Exeter’s campuses, the Provide a Pad team aims to help combat both the lack of knowledge and the lack of donations in this area. Find us at @ProvideAPad or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
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With the UK requiring over one million Engineers and Technicians in the next 5 years, inspiring future female Engineers, who currently make up just 10% of the sector’s workforce, can help sustain the Engineering industry. Robogals is an international student-led outreach group within CEMPS which aims to increase female participation in Engineering, Science and Technology through fun and educational initiatives aimed at girls in Primary and Secondary schools. Our workshops using the Lego Mindstorms Ev3 robots aim to introduce Engineering, the path to becoming an Engineer and the opportunities for a career in STEM. So whether you are interested in inspiring future female engineers, enhancing your CV with this fulfilling volunteering experience or just playing with robots, then this is the perfect project for you! Robogals is open to persons studying any discipline and no experience of robots/ Engineering is required as volunteers will be trained. If you would like to get involved or want further information contact email@example.com.
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Sexpression is a growing network of student-led projects which teach relationship and sex education in local schools and communities across the UK. Volunteers will be visiting schools in the local area to help educate pupils about the importance of sex education and knowledge about relationships.
Anyone can sign up to this project! You will need to complete a DBS check and also be a member of Exeter Student Volunteers.
If you need any more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and visit http://exetermedsoc.weebly.com/sexpression.html
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This is an exciting project which takes members of the Soul Choir Society to various locations across the local community to showcase their performances. In the past, performances have been held at St. Sidwell's Community Centre and The Lodge Nursing Home and over the next academic year there are plans to broaden the links across Exeter.
In order to take part, you will need to be a member of the Soul Choir society and Exeter Student Volunteers. If you require more information, please email the Department and Society linked Co-ordinators.
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Writing is an absolutely critical skill for all learners to acquire because it is about access to power. Most examinations still assess through writing and in the digital age the amount of writing that adults engage in has increased. And writing is also important for aesthetic and personal reasons: through writing we can express our own innermost feelings and understand ourselves and our world. But writing is a hard skill to master: it makes high cognitive and social demands. Many children struggle to gain the level of competence they need to access this powerful medium.
The aims of the project are: to make writing that bit more interesting for students; to support students in their exam preparation; to give students really valuable 1: 1 support to raise self esteem in writing; to give students valuable 1: 1 targeted support on areas of weakness; to show students the importance and value of writing in lots of different contexts.
You will be working with Year 9 or Year 11 students on a 1:1 basis and you will meet with them once a week. Sessions usually last aboiut 45-55 minutes long and you will be focussing on specific areas of weakness with them.
This is a very rewarding project as you can really make a difference in a student's attitude and approach to their work. So, if you would like to take part, you will need to have a DBS check, have attended a bespoke Writing Mentor training session and be a member of ESV and preferably the Creative Writing Society. Please contact Ami.Gibson@exeterguild.com for more information.
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We hope that volunteering on any of the above projects will appeal to you, but if you feel like you have your own ideas on a project, then we would love to hear them.
Whilst we welcome all new ideas, we need to carefully consider whether we can support them under Exeter Student Volunteers.
Please download and complete the form to share your ideas and we will assess whether we are able to help your project develop under ESV. If we cannot support you this time, we will always endeavour to provide feedback and guidance on how to make your project a success.
Download the Application Form Here