Volunteer academy is for students who want to gain experience whilst helping others. There will be scheduled talks with providers, event planning, fund raising activities and the opportunity to mentor other students. Students will also be involved in organising and hosting volunteer week in June, finishing the year with a celebration of achievements.
When and where is volunteer academy?
Volunteer academy takes place each Wednesday, the first meeting will take place at 2.30 pm in Cafe+ and will last for one hour. After the initial meeting location may vary due to provider talks and workshops. Meetings will take place until Christmas, then students should be ready to go out and volunteer on a Wednesday afternoon or during any free time you may have.
Each year, Blackpool Sixth hosts a volunteer week, this will be a chance to utilise your skills to help plan and coordinate the event. Preparations for this will take place after the Easter break.
How do I apply?
Applications are via the work experience website under the volunteering tab. Depending on the number of applications, informal interviews may be held. You can also apply to become volunteer ambassadors.
Which organisations are involved?
Blackpool Sixth works closely with UR Potential and they support our students in a range of opportunities. Volunteer academy is aimed at helping you to not only improve your skills but to gain new ones, paving the way for you to get involved in a cause that is important to you, therefore there will be opportunity to help other organisations too.
What is the benefit of volunteering and why should I apply for volunteer academy?
- To give something back to an organisation that has inspired or impacted on your life either directly or indirectly
- Make a difference to others
- Help the environment
- Help others less fortunate or without a voice
- Feel valued and part of a team
- Gain confidence and self-esteem
Volunteering can also help build your employability skills by:
- Gaining new skills, knowledge and experience
- Developing existing skills and knowledge
- Enhancing your CV
- Gaining an accreditation
Finally, there are social benefits, such as:
- Meeting new people and making new friends
- A chance to socialise
- Getting to know the local community