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The Career Development Module is a 20 credit module for second year, final year and masters students with optional module choices in their degree programme. Students undertake 70 hours volunteering within the local community to develop graduate skills

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  • Twisting Ducks - Social Media and Marketing Volunteer

    This opportunity takes place between 01 Oct 2020 and 30 Apr 2021. Closing date for applications is 13 Oct.

    The Twisting Ducks Theatre Company provides accessible opportunities for people with learning disabilities and autism to take part in arts activities, including drama, music and film. Social Media and Marketing Volunteer: Volunteers will support our charity with social media and marketing activities, including - Helping to produce newsletters/articles - Posting update/news stories on social media - Producing posters and other promotional materials - Raising awareness about activity (e.g. fundraising campaigns) - Attending marketing/community events (e.g. fairs, conferences) to promote the charity

    • Area of InterestArts, Music and Culture, Business and Leadership, Children and Young People, Disability, Education, Homelessness and Vulnerable People, Local Community, Media and Marketing, Mental Health
    • Volunteering TypeCDM
  • Friends Action North East : 1-2-1 Friendship mentor

    This opportunity takes place between 05 Oct 2020 and 30 Apr 2021. Closing date for applications is 16 Oct.

    Friends Action North East was established in 2004 in Newcastle Upon Tyne. We are a local charity that supports and champions friendship for adults with learning disabilities and/or autism. One of the things that we address in our model of supporting friendship is to reduce the impact that social isolation can have on people’s physical and mental health. Sustainable friendships and community connections can lower the risks associated with loneliness. This placement will be working from home.

    1-2-1 Friendship Mentor

    A one-to-one friendship mentor supports an individual with a learning disability and/or autism who has enrolled on to our program (friendship finder) to achieve their friendship goals. A mentor will be expected to meet online with their friendship finder once a week/fortnight helping them with their friendship goals, meet up with existing friends or new people and engage in online FANE groups and activities. A 1-2-1 friendship mentor is not a friend of befriender to the person they are supporting but a mentor who will support their friendship finder to make their own friends. You will need to clarify to your friendship finder that you are there to help, support them in finding a friend(s) and maintaining that relationship. As a volunteer, you are not allowed to be Facebook friends with friendship finders on your social media.

    Responsibilities:

    • Attend online general Friends Action Training, safeguarding and Health and Safety training
    • Attend an online safeguarding course with Newcastle City Council
    • Read Friends Action North East’s policies and procedures
    • Attend first 3 online meets at FANE to get to know their Friendship Finder
    • Meet up with their Friendship Finder online regularly e.g. once a week or once every 2 weeks to work on their friendship goals
    • Work with their Friendship Finder on their Friendship goals outlined on their kick start plan
    • Complete a JOT form each time they meet up with their Friendship Finder online and say what has been achieved at that meeting.
    • Attend kick start plan reviews online
    • Attend volunteer reviews online
    • Carry a FANE mobile and always let FANE staff know where you are going with your Friendship Finder

    Volunteers will work from home in this role. With support and guidance the volunteer will need to be able to work under their own initiative and communicate effectively with the Volunteer Coordinator and the Friends Action North East team to ensure they complete their 70 hours.

    • Area of InterestChildren and Young People, Disability, Education, Health and Social Care, Homelessness and Vulnerable People, Local Community, Mental Health, Mentoring, Befriending and Advocacy
    • Volunteering TypeCDM
  • Friends Action North East - Digital Volunteer

    This opportunity takes place between 05 Oct 2020 and 30 Apr 2021. Closing date for applications is 16 Oct.

    Friends Action North East was established in 2004 in Newcastle Upon Tyne. We are a local charity that supports and champions friendship for adults with a learning disability and/or autism. One of the things that we address in our model of supporting friendship is to reduce the impact that social isolation can have on people’s physical and mental health. Sustainable friendships and community connections can lower the risks associated with loneliness. The role involves taking photographs, marketing via designing posters, uploading images of recent events on social media sites etc. Volunteers must ask permission from friendship finder before taking their photographs and uploading them on any social media sites. Also when uploading content(s) for FANE organisation you must input content in accessible language. As a volunteer you must remain professional.

    Supporting all aspects of IT from data input, updating Friends Action North East’s website and posting on social media platforms to campaigning for digital inclusion for people with learning disabilities and/or autism. This role can be tailored to people’s time, commitment and expertise. Volunteers will work from home in this role. The Digital volunteer’s role involves updating the FANE website including the ‘What’s on Page’ and the NEAR (North East Accessibility Rating) guide taking photographs, marketing via designing posters, uploading images of recent events on social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram etc. As a volunteer you must ask permission from friendship finders before taking their photographs and uploading them on any social media platforms. When uploading content(s) for Friends Action North East you must write content in accessible language. As a volunteer you must remain professional and use appropriate and accessible language. 

     

    Responsibilities:

    • Attend Online FANE induction training including general induction, safeguarding induction and Health and Safety induction

    • Read Friends Action North East’s policies and procedures

    • Update the FANE website including the ‘What’s on Page’ and the NEAR (North East Accessibility Rating) guide

    • Design posters for FANE online groups and events

    • Input content on FANE website in accessible language

    • Area of InterestChildren and Young People, Disability, Education, Health and Social Care, Local Community, Media and Marketing, Mental Health, Mentoring, Befriending and Advocacy
    • Volunteering TypeCDM
  • NUSU - Club or Society President

    This opportunity takes place between 01 Oct 2020 and 30 Apr 2021. Closing date for applications is 30 Sep.

    Did you know if you're a club/society President, you can use this as your placement! Yes, all those hours you are going to spend in committee meetings, organising activities, planning events, this all makes up a CDM placement!

    • Area of InterestBusiness and Leadership, Events, Local Community, Outdoors, Environment and Conservation, Representation, Sport, Training
    • Volunteering TypeCDM
  • Friends Action North East: Group Support Volunteer

    This opportunity takes place between 05 Oct 2020 and 30 Apr 2021. Closing date for applications is 16 Oct.

    Friends Action North East was established in 2004 in Newcastle Upon Tyne. We are a local charity that supports and champions friendship for adults with learning disabilities and/or autism. One of the things that we address in our model of supporting friendship is to reduce the impact that social isolation can have on people’s physical and mental health. Sustainable friendships and community connections can lower the risks associated with loneliness. This placement will be working from home.

    Responsibilities:

    • Attend online general Friends Action North East Training, safeguarding and Health and Safety training
    • Attend an online safeguarding course with Newcastle City Council
    • Read Friends Action North East’s policies and procedures
    • Attend online meets and groups to get to know Friendship Finders
    • Facilitate FANE online groups with Friendship Finders
    • Complete a group JOT form each time they attend FANE online groups to say who has attended and if there have been any issues
    • Attend volunteer reviews online
    • Carry a FANE mobile and always let FANE staff know where you are going with your Friendship Finder

    Volunteers will work from home in this role. With support and guidance the volunteer will need to be able to work under their own initiative and communicate effectively with the Volunteer Coordinator and the Friends Action North East team to ensure they complete their 70 hours.

    • Area of InterestChildren and Young People, Disability, Education, Health and Social Care, Local Community, Mental Health, Mentoring, Befriending and Advocacy
    • Volunteering TypeCDM
  • NUSU - Club or Society Treasurer

    This opportunity takes place between 01 Oct 2020 and 30 Apr 2021. Closing date for applications is 30 Sep.

    Did you know if you're a club/society Secretary, you can use this as your placement! Yes, all those hours you are going to spend in committee meetings, organising activities, planning events, this all makes up a CDM placement!

    • Area of InterestBusiness and Leadership, Events, Local Community, Outdoors, Environment and Conservation, Representation, Sport, Training
    • Volunteering TypeCDM
  • NUSU - Give it a Go - Media Volunteer

    This opportunity takes place between 01 Oct 2020 and 30 Apr 2021. Closing date for applications is 13 Oct.

    Give It A Go is an activities programme that offers fun social and sports activities for students to get involved in on a no-membership basis, throughout the year! As a media volunteer you will work across both the sport and social Give It A Go programmes, with the wider team made up of Activity and Sport Assistants, the Sports Development Coordinator, and the Activities Development Coordinator. You will collate images and video footage from a variety of activities, and produce videos to promote the programme online and on social media.

    • Area of InterestBusiness and Leadership, Campaigning, Education, Events, Health and Social Care, Local Community, Media and Marketing
    • Volunteering TypeCDM
  • Action Language - ESOL Teacher

    This opportunity takes place between 05 Oct 2020 and 30 Apr 2021. Closing date for applications is 16 Oct.

    Volunteer teachers help us develop our work by committing to prepare and deliver regular lessons (face-to-face or online) and by preparing self-study materials for learners. Teachers will work with learners at a specific ESOL level, and with volunteer assistants, so inclusivity and teamwork is vital. Also providing feedback, interaction and a friendly environment. Specifically, welcoming students on arrival, leading the class, working with the students during the lesson, chatting with students, working as part of team. Goals: Communication – with students in the class (who may speak little or no English), with volunteers, with office staff, in writing and verbally; Teamwork – with volunteers and staff; Organisational skills – keeping office informed of absence, preferably in advance, doing extra shifts after exams Action Foundation is a charity established in 2009 which tackles exclusion by providing opportunity. As Action Language, this is expressed through providing free English language classes to those who can’t reasonably access them elsewhere.

    PLEASE NOTE: all our lessons are currently on Zoom, until at least November. Resuming face-to-face provision is yet to be confirmed, so CDM applicants must be happy to help with our English classes via Zoom. 

    • Area of InterestEducation, Homelessness and Vulnerable People, International and Languages, Local Community, Mentoring, Befriending and Advocacy, Training
    • Volunteering TypeCDM
  • NUSU - Courier sub-editor

    This opportunity takes place between 01 Oct 2020 and 30 Apr 2021. Closing date for applications is 13 Oct.

    If you've been selected as an editor of a section of the Courier for next year, you could use this as your placement! Get in touch with Liz at NUSU for more info - cdm.union@ncl.ac.uk

    • Area of InterestArts, Music and Culture, Campaigning, Local Community, Media and Marketing, Representation, Sport
    • Volunteering TypeCDM
  • Earth Doctors Ltd - Artisan Baking Community - Business Development Officer

    This opportunity takes place between 01 Oct 2020 and 30 Apr 2021. Closing date for applications is 13 Oct.

    We are an innovative social enterprise which develop food projects with create social and environmental impact. We have been trading since 2013 and one of our lead projects is the Artisan Baking Community Project. From a product perspective we make artisan breads using organic stoneground flours for sale through markets and café/restaurants. Our service side involves delivering baking sessions in communities/ with organisations and individuals. Tasks could include: Maintain and grow social media activity/following. Increase income from both bread sales and service sides of business. Support production and sales activities. Develop new products. Develop new partnerships/collaborations. Identify potential funders.

    • Area of InterestBusiness and Leadership, Campaigning, Education, Health and Social Care, Local Community, Media and Marketing
    • Volunteering TypeCDM
  • Smile for Life Children's Charity - Cafe Mentor

    This opportunity takes place between 01 Oct 2020 and 30 Apr 2021. Closing date for applications is 13 Oct.

    Café Beam is a charming vintage café based in the heart of Gosforth. We proudly support young people with learning difficulties or physical disabilities or those from troubled backgrounds. We provide them with a work placement where they can further develop work and life skills to become more confident individuals. Main responsibility is to providing hands on mentoring and support to the young people in all aspects of running the cafe.

    • Area of InterestChildren and Young People, Disability, Education, Homelessness and Vulnerable People, Local Community, Mentoring, Befriending and Advocacy
    • Volunteering TypeCDM
  • NUSU - Club or Society Secretary

    This opportunity takes place between 01 Oct 2020 and 30 Apr 2021. Closing date for applications is 30 Sep.

    Did you know if you're a club/society Secretary, you can use this as your placement! Yes, all those hours you are going to spend in committee meetings, organising activities, planning events, this all makes up a CDM placement! for more info - cdm.union@ncl.ac.uk

    • Area of InterestBusiness and Leadership, Events, Local Community, Outdoors, Environment and Conservation, Representation, Sport
    • Volunteering TypeCDM
  • Dragonfly Cancer Trust - Administrator/Accounts Assistant

    This opportunity takes place between 05 Oct 2020 and 30 Apr 2021. Closing date for applications is 16 Oct.

    Dragonfly Cancer Trust supports children and young cancer patients up to the age of 25 with very limited time. The Trust enables opportunities through the provision of Cash Gifts and arranging special experiences to create lasting memories with their loved ones long after they have gone. We believe in the power of memories and that every young person has the right to be remembered how they choose. To assist the CEO with administration, governance and monthly accounting.

    • Area of InterestChildren and Young People, Disability, Education, Events, Fundraising, Health and Social Care
    • Volunteering TypeCDM
  • Dragonfly Cancer Trust - Online Ambassador

    This opportunity takes place between 05 Oct 2020 and 30 Apr 2021. Closing date for applications is 16 Oct.

    Dragonfly Cancer Trust supports children and young cancer patients up to the age of 25 with very limited time. The Trust enables opportunities through the provision of Cash Gifts and arranging special experiences to create lasting memories with their loved ones long after they have gone. We believe in the power of memories and that every young person has the right to be remembered how they choose. To increase awareness of the Trust on a regional and national basis by looking for opportunities to work with suitable influencers. Exploring and researching opportunities to increase brand awareness and in turn increase donations. You will be required to develop a content bank of information to send to influencers, such as web banners and social media posts. A large part of this role involves social media and you will be creating opportunities to increase traffic to the website, our Facebook page and other platforms. We have launched our new online shop and our focus is to increase sales, you will be asked to help deliver this objective. Passive Giving is a growing revenue stream and our intention is to increase the opportunities available to the Trust by working with existing companies and researching new ones.

    • Area of InterestChildren and Young People, Disability, Education, Health and Social Care, Local Community, Media and Marketing
    • Volunteering TypeCDM
  • NUSU - Club or Society Welfare Officer

    This opportunity takes place between 01 Oct 2020 and 30 Apr 2021. Closing date for applications is 30 Sep.

    Did you know if you're a club/society President, you can use this as your placement! Yes, all those hours you are going to spend in committee meetings, organising activities, planning events, this all makes up a CDM placement!

    • Area of InterestEducation, Health and Social Care, Local Community, Mental Health, Mentoring, Befriending and Advocacy, Representation
    • Volunteering TypeCDM
  • Twisting Ducks - Film Production Support Volunteer

    This opportunity takes place between 01 Oct 2020 and 30 Apr 2021. Closing date for applications is 13 Oct.

    The Twisting Ducks Theatre Company provides accessible opportunities for people with learning disabilities and autism to take part in arts activities, including drama, music and film. The Twisting Ducks Theatre Company provides accessible opportunities for people with learning disabilities and autism to take part in arts activities, including drama, music and film.

    • Area of InterestArts, Music and Culture, Business and Leadership, Disability, Local Community, Media and Marketing
    • Volunteering TypeCDM
  • Martha and Mary Association: General Volunteer

    This opportunity takes place between 01 Oct 2020 and 30 Apr 2021. Closing date for applications is 13 Oct.

    We are a community drop-in offering a welcome and light refreshments to all without any discrimination. We have a comfortable meeting room and offer free internet and wi-fi. We have been open for 12 years. We have no paid staff only volunteers. We are open every weekday between 10 am and 2pm.We offer chiropody and massage, a crafty ladies group and a place to meet for groups in the community. Volunteers greet customers and offer refreshments and a friendly welcome. They engage in all activities concerned with providing refreshments , washing dishes, handling money and general clearing up, but the most important role is to accept and welcome all who enter.

    • Area of InterestHomelessness and Vulnerable People, Local Community, Mental Health, Mentoring, Befriending and Advocacy, Older People
    • Volunteering TypeCDM
  • Great North Museum: Science Learning Volunteer

    This opportunity takes place between 01 Oct 2020 and 30 Apr 2021. Closing date for applications is 13 Oct.

    The Great North Museum: Hancock is part of Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums. It holds the collections from the old Hancock Museum, Museum of Antiquities and Shefton Museum. There is a diverse collection from Natural History specimens to archaeology and ethnography. The placement is with a science specialist as part of the museum learning team. The project is flexible to accommodate the interests of the student, but will include supporting delivery of schools workshops and activities. The student can then produce and/or deliver learning activities or resources themselves (physically, on-line, as an app or as an event). Students are encouraged to use their own interests and specialist skills as part of their placement.

    • Area of InterestArts, Music and Culture, Children and Young People, Education, International and Languages, Local Community
    • Volunteering TypeCDM
  • Action Language - Classroom Assistant

    This opportunity takes place between 05 Oct 2020 and 30 Apr 2021. Closing date for applications is 16 Oct.

    Action Foundation is a charity providing support for isolated migrants in Tyneside, and opportunities to help them overcome their exclusion. Action Language provides free English language classes to migrants that cannot reasonably access mainstream ESOL provision at all levels, from beginner to advanced.  Classroom Assistant: ESOL Assistants are expected to: Support the teacher in the delivery of English language lessons; - Provide English support to students individually and in small groups; - Provide English support to larger groups where appropriate; - Provide 1-to-1 English support to students over the phone; - Attend sessions (face-to-face or online) at the times agreed in advance with the coordinator; - Attend appropriate training sessions or meetings (with the Project Manager or Coordinator), including online; - Treat all information about students as confidential; - Respect the privacy of the students; - Maintain appropriate professional relationships and boundaries with staff, volunteers, and students; - Treat all students equally and be sensitive to cultural and religious differences; - Report any concerns/difficulties regarding students directly to the Coordinator or Project Manager as early as possible; - Abide by the ethos of Action Language.

    PLEASE NOTE: all our lessons are currently on Zoom, until at least November. Resuming face-to-face provision is yet to be confirmed, so CDM applicants must be happy to help with our English classes via Zoom. 

    • Area of InterestChildren and Young People, Education, Homelessness and Vulnerable People, International and Languages, Local Community, Mentoring, Befriending and Advocacy
  • NUSU Second Life Recycling - Project Leader

    This opportunity takes place between 05 Oct 2020 and 30 Apr 2021. Closing date for applications is 16 Oct.

    A Second Life is a recycling and upcycling project, working alongside students and external organisations such as The Magic Hat Café and Greening Wingrove Project. The aim of the workshops is to take something that might otherwise be thrown in the bin and make something useful out of it. The role usually involves gathering materials, coordinating volunteers and sourcing outlets for sale of the recycles goods. The aim is expand involvement and ultimately set the project up as a social enterprise or a stand alone society.

    COVID UPDATE: this year, the project will run slightly differently, but the student lead in this role will be able shape it as appropriate with staff support (eg. remote / virtual sessions, takeaway packs for students to do along to a tutorial or live stream together, small distanced groups outside in the NUSU stretch tent, etc). 

    • Area of InterestArts, Music and Culture, Business and Leadership, Campaigning, Local Community, Outdoors, Environment and Conservation
    • Volunteering TypeCDM
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