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  • Listening Volunteer

    Birmingham Nightline

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date. Closing date for applications is 05 Oct.

    As a listening volunteer you will be available for students to talk to about their problems. By simply being there to listen you will provide people with someone to talk to at night when other university services such as counselling services are closed. You will gain a number of active listening skills and will see firsthand the difference you are making to the student community. If you are interested in volunteering, please email nightline@guild.bham.ac.uk or message our Facebook page for more information.

    Birmingham Nightline is a listening and information service, run by students for students. Your role as a volunteer would be to listen to students who would like to talk about anything they are going through. The service is non-judgemental and non-advisory, you are simply there to listen. Shifts run from 8pm-8am, and you are expected to do 3 shifts per term. However, from midnight you may sleep, and you will be woken by the phones. Nightline is not only an invaluable service for students, but a lovely community to be a part of. For information on applying, contact nightline@guild.bham.ac.uk.

    • Activity TypesAdvice/Guidance
    • CommitmentFlexible
    • Teamwork
    • Communication and Literacy
    • Problem solving
  • Researcher

    Rising Girl

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date. Applications closed on 10 Apr.

    Once a week -- To help research and write updates and document case studies, new reforms and regulations and reports on the objectives of the Rise Together programme.

    Rising Girl runs a ground-breaking 6-8 week programme which is delivered in schools to female students aged 11-18.

    The programme is delivered via interactive workshops which involved role models, role playing and team activities.

    The research will help develop this programme and make sure the work being delivered is in line with new laws, regulations and guidelines.

    It will also help Rising Girl reach a larger audience and interact with members of parliament and media.

    The researcher role will need:

    To write up to one A4 page of research gathered during that week the meets the Rise Together objectives, the research can come from media, reports, online searches, case studies, parliamentary papers etc..

    The general research should focus around:

    Forced marriage

    Honour based violence

    Domestic Violence

    Mental illness

    Body Image

    Healthy Relationships

     

    • Activity TypesAdvice/Guidance, Education and Training, People and Community
    • CommitmentFlexible, Weekly commitment
    • Teamwork
    • Self-management
    • Communication and Literacy
  • Strategy writer / Business development forecasting writer

    Rising Girl

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date. Applications closed on 01 May.

    To help develop the two to five year strategy for Rising Girl, being involved in writing a strong comprehensive strategy that will benefit not just the charity but many communities. To help develop and write forecasts for findings and goal target / as well as develop a Fundrasing strategy

    This is a great opportunity for someone who likes to write reports and stratergies and for them to build thier skills and experience in this area.

    Rising Girl is a young charity founded in Birmingham and need support in the following areas:

     

    Help write 24 month and 5-year strategy

    Write polices 

    Develop business plan

    Help develop budge and forecasting goals

    Help develop and write fundraising strategy 

    • Activity TypesEducation and Training, People and Community
    • CommitmentFlexible, Ongoing Project
    • Teamwork
    • Self-management
    • Communication and Literacy
  • Outreach Volunteer - Remote/WFH Opportunity

    Code Your Future

    This opportunity takes place between 18 Mar 2020 and 31 Dec 2020.

    Outreach Volunteers are often the first point of contact for people interested in what we do. We are looking for people to promote what we are doing online including social media and encourage others to sign up.

    Volunteers are key to CodeYourFuture, there are three main Volunteering Opportunities. Outreach, Personal Development and Education. The main roles of the Outreach Team include:
    Posting to our social media channels
    Taking photos of sessions
    Developing messaging and creating marketing content
    Recruiting new volunteers where needed
    Fundraising and seeking sponsorship
    Finding partnerships for final projects
    Organising events
    Seek out potential employment and development opportunities for students

    • Activity TypesArts, Culture and Heritage, Advice/Guidance, Campaigning and Fundraising, Crisis and Poverty, Education and Training, Events, Human Rights and Justice, International Opportunities, People and Community
    • CommitmentFlexible, Ongoing Project, Weekly commitment
    • Teamwork
    • Self-management
    • Business and Customer Awareness
    • Application of Information Technology
    • Communication and Literacy
    • Problem solving
  • Personal Development Volunteer - Remote/WFH Opportunity

    Code Your Future

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    Personal Development Volunteers help our students develop their soft skills and offer support to students as they progress through the course. Students come from a wide variety of backgrounds including refugees, asylum seekers and people from a disadvantaged background.

    Volunteers are key to CodeYourFuture, there are three main Volunteering Opportunities. Personal Development, Education and Outreach. The main roles of the Personal Development Team are:
    Support with running soft skills sessions (focus on communication skills, confidence building, working in teams etc)
    Help students develop their soft skills
    Provide support for any personal issues students may have
    Provide career advice to students
    Volunteer a student 1-2-1
    Provide CV reviews
    Provide mock interviews for students
    Track students technical and soft skills progress, and recommend tuition to fill gaps identified
    Seek out potential employment and development opportunities for students

    • Activity TypesArts, Culture and Heritage, Advice/Guidance, Campaigning and Fundraising, Crisis and Poverty, Education and Training, Events, Human Rights and Justice, International Opportunities, People and Community
    • CommitmentFlexible, Ongoing Project, Weekly commitment
    • Teamwork
    • Self-management
    • Business and Customer Awareness
    • Application of Information Technology
    • Communication and Literacy
    • Problem solving
  • Education Volunteer - Remote/WFH Opportunity

    Code Your Future

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    Education Volunteers provide the learning side of CodeYourFuture by teaching students HTML, CSS and Javascript. Students come from a wide variety of backgrounds including refugees, asylum seekers and people from a disadvantaged background.

    Volunteers are key to CodeYourFuture, there are three main Volunteering Opportunities. Education, Outreach and Personal Development. The main roles of the Education Team are:
    Provide technical assistance to students on Saturday classes
    Provide technical assistance to students during weekly homework clubs
    Provide homework code reviews
    Provide general code reviews remotely
    Provide technical assistance remotely to students
    Provide technical assistance remotely to students
    Provide general technical guidance to students
    Lead/instruct a module
    Assist module instructors in preparing material for their class
    Assist with the improvement and maintenance of the syllabus and class material
    Prepare assessment materials for students at the end of each module
    Help assess applicants to the next class through our application process website

    • Activity TypesArts, Culture and Heritage, Advice/Guidance, Campaigning and Fundraising, Crisis and Poverty, Education and Training, Events, Human Rights and Justice, International Opportunities, People and Community
    • CommitmentFlexible, Ongoing Project, Weekly commitment
    • Teamwork
    • Self-management
    • Business and Customer Awareness
    • Application of Information Technology
    • Application of Numeracy
    • Communication and Literacy
    • Problem solving
  • Carers Trust solihull logo

    Telephone Befrienders (Adults)

    Carers Trust solihull

    This opportunity takes place between 01 May 2020 and 31 Dec 2020.

    To provide support to our carers aged 5-95 over the telephone during the coronavirus pandemic. You will be following up our initial calls that our teams have been making to our database of Carers. We will have identified them as being in a vulnerable group that need support emotionally and for their own personal wellbeing.

    Half an hour call for a social chat

    Asking if they have any particular needs that have not been actioned since their last call with us and a general wellbeing check using our guidance –(general questions to ask) 

    Skills required: 

    Previous befriending/mentoring is desirable, however the ability to conduct warm friendly conversation vulnerable people is essential

    Patience

    Caring/compassionate attitude

    Good listener

    Good communicator

    Ability to be resilient (if subject may be sensitive)

     

    • CommitmentOngoing Project
    • Activity TypesAdvice/Guidance, Health and Social Care, People and Community
    • Self-management
    • Communication and Literacy
  • The Access Project logo

    Tutor a disadvantaged young person (14-18yrs) online 1 hour weekly with The Access Project

    The Access Project

    This opportunity takes place between 01 Sep 2020 and 14 Jul 2021. Applications closed on 04 Jan.

    Tutor a young person aged 14-18 for 1 hour a week in term-time Sept/Oct 2020- Summer 2021 We are looking for undergraduates, postgraduates, staff and alumni from the University of Birmingham who would be able to tutor a young person online to help them to improve their grades and fulfil their potential. •Support a young person in a school subject to achieve the GCSE / A level grades they deserve and to fulfil their potential •Inspire, motivate and raise aspirations towards further education & the world of work •Students supported by The Access Project typically achieve a grade higher at GCSE and are four times more likely than their peers to progress to a top-third ranked university. No prior experience necessary, full training included with start dates through the autumn term.

    Interested? You’;ll need to:
    · Either be currently studying for an undergraduate degree or have an undergraduate
    degree/equivalent professional qualification
    · Either have an A Level subject you wish to tutor at GCSE (grade B or above) or an
    undergraduate degree in a subject you wish to tutor at A level.
    · Be able to spare 1 hour a week in school term time over the next academic year to tutor
    (starting between Sept-Nov 2020), plus 30 mins a week preparation time
    · Be prepared to undertake an enhanced DBS check (criminal records check) and offer two
    references (personal or professional
    How does it work?
    1. Sign up at www.theaccessproject.org.uk/volunteer
    2. Sign up to any of our 2.5hour training sessions between July- Dec 2020: We’ll invite you to sign up to a training session that suits you. During this session you’ll learn everything you
    need to know for your weekly 1 hour tutoring sessions.
    3. You’ll complete a DBS check (criminal records check) and an online safeguarding course
    4. We’ll match you with a student who is looking for support in your subject. In particular, we are seeing high demand from our students for support with sciences and maths so volunteers who are able to support in maths and science subjects would be particularly welcome. There are also many opportunities for volunteer tutors in other subjects including humanities and languages.
    More information and sign up at: https://www.theaccessproject.org.uk/volunteer
     

    • Activity TypesAdvice/Guidance, Education and Training, People and Community, Working with Children
    • CommitmentFlexible, Ongoing Project, Weekly commitment
    • Self-management
    • Application of Information Technology
    • Application of Numeracy
    • Communication and Literacy
    • Problem solving
  • Action Tutoring logo

    Volunteer Tutor- English and Maths

    Action Tutoring

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    Volunteering with Action Tutoring is a rewarding way to make a difference to the lives of young people living in your community. You will be directly supporting disadvantaged young people to build their confidence and help ensure they leave school with the grades needed to build a bright future.

     

     

    As an English or maths tutor, you will choose one of our partner schools to volunteer with and work with one or two pupils for an hour a week across the course of a school term. Sessions are delivered on the school premises or online at the same time each week. We provide all of our tutors with training and workbooks to use in sessions, and we will also process a DBS check for you. 

    Due to the current crisis, we are no longer running face to face programmes however we hope to resume these as soon as it is safe to do so in the Autumn term. 

    We are currently piloting online tutoring over the summer term with a small number of tutors and schools. This will roll out more widely in the Autumn along with an additional in-school year 7 catch-up programme. Online tutoring is a great option for anyone on a busy schedule, less able to get to school locations or continuing to keep their distance from groups of people. Online tutoring also allows us to expand and recruit tutors from outside of our regions. 

    You need to be a fluent English speaker, and  have achieved an A or B at A-Level (or equivalent) in the subject, or similar subject, you are wishing to tutor. Enthusiasm for learning and the subject you’re tutoring is important. Experience working with young people is helpful but not essential. Good communication skills, patient, committed and resilient. We do review all qualifications and experience however and would encourage you to apply - even if you don't meet the exact criteria.

    Through tutoring with us our volunteers are able to develop a wealth of transferable skills whilst making a significant difference. 

    • Activity TypesEducation and Training, Working with Children
    • CommitmentWeekly commitment
    • Self-management
    • Application of Numeracy
    • Communication and Literacy
    • Problem solving
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