Project Leader Applications: 15 POSITIONS RE-OPENED!

We are 🌟🌟🌟reopening applications🌟🌟🌟 for the following PL roles…

🔹FURTHER MATHS CLUB: This project aims to provide maths teaching support in secondary schools/sixth forms. It would be the Project Leader’s responsibility to organise for volunteers to go and run workshops or provide teaching assistance etc. in local schools!

🔸STUDENTS 4 STUDENTS: Students 4 Students provides 1-1 support to local primary school children, to help them achieve their full potential. The Project Leader would arrange for volunteers to go into local schools to deliver this great service.

🔹PRIMARY TEACHING ASSISTANTS: This project organises for volunteers to go into local primary schools and provide teaching assistance- whether this be supporting particular students, leading sessions of your own, or providing general assistance. How this project runs could be up to you as Project Leader!

🔸SECONDARY TEACHING ASSISTANTS: Project Leader for this project would be responsible for organising volunteering in local secondary schools, providing teaching support. The form that this takes would be up to you as Project Leader to organise with the schools.

🔹DURHAM MINDS: This project works with local community mental health organisations such as the Waddington Street Centre and RT Projects, supporting their great work. The Project Leader will organise for volunteers to go along and assist with these community partners’ sessions with local service users.

🔸GENERATIONS TOGETHER: The aim of this project is to alleviate loneliness amongst local elderly people in Durham and create intergenerational bonds in the local community. The Project Leader arranges for pairs of volunteers to visit elderly people in their homes, and to visit local care homes/assisted living complexes.

🔹BEYOND FOOD: The Beyond Food project works with Trussell Trust’s Durham food bank to provide food parcels for disadvantaged families in the east of Durham. The food collection boxes are placed in colleges and the project leaders arrange for pickup and collection by the Trussell Trust’s Durham Foodbank.

🔸ALINGTON HOUSE: This project enables volunteers to go along to Alington House’s social sessions for visually impaired adults every Monday from 11am-1pm. Volunteers socialise with the service users and sometimes organise their own activities for the sessions. The Project Leader would be in charge of overseeing this!

🔹KEENAN HOUSE HOMEWORK CLUB: This project helps local children at Keenan House (a short bus ride away) with their homework and other fun activities after school on Thursday evenings. If you like working with children and want to improve your organisational skills, you should apply to be Project Leader!

🔸GOALS SOCIAL CLUB: This project runs a social club every Tuesday evening for local adults with a range of learning difficulties. The club might involve a trip to the pub for a quiz and a chat, or a film or games night – as Project Leader you would lead the social club and decide what activities everyone does each week!

🔹ACTIVE STEPS BOXING: This project provides weekly activity sessions aimed at improving physical health and mental wellbeing, using boxing and circuits. Participants typical attend from local support agencies, such as Probation, Lanchester Road Hospital, Changing Lives and DASH, as well as local community members that may all be living with complex needs. The Project Leader would organise and publicise these sessions and coordinate the involvement of student volunteers.

🔸PARTICIPATION FOOTBALL: This project provides a range of sessions using football as a tool for community engagement with adults from the local community. Sessions are aimed at participation, as opposed to performance, with inclusion and socialisation as the programmes focus. Your role as Project Leader would involve organising these sessions with community partners and student volunteers.

🔹THERAPEUTIC WALKS: Thus far, this project has been coordinated by staff at Maiden Castle who work with adults with complex needs in the local community. Next year we would love a student Project Leader to take charge of it. It involves reaching out to community partners who work with adults with complex needs, for instance DASH or Waddington Street Centre, and offering local walks to their service users to improve their mental health (lead by student volunteers). There may also be the possibility of doing a walking leader qualification as part of this.

🔸COMMUNITY WELLNESS: This project provides gym-based and outdoor multi-sport sessions engaging community members (from a variety of complex needs backgrounds) in varying levels of physical activity. The Project Leader would coordinate these sessions and the involvement of student volunteers in running them.

🔹YOUTH CLUB: We would love a Project Leader to help us get a Youth Club Project up and running again in 2019/20, as it didn’t run this past year. It would involve organising for volunteers to go into a local community centre or other venue and assist with or run their own Youth Club for local children. You could be responsible for creating an incredible new project!

Please email student.volunteering@durham.ac.uk for an application form, and submit it by midnight on 22nd of April!

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