20 credits at level HE5
To enable students to broaden their experience and to develop personal and professional skills through undertaking voluntary and community work. The module is designed to develop students' employability by providing opportunities to enhance and apply the knowledge and skills acquired in their academic course in a professional, work-related environment. The module will enable students to reflect on and appraise their own level of skills and knowledge and to identify areas of strength and weaknesss.
1.Planning Your Voluntary or Community Work
Choosing the right field of voluntary of community work
Preparing a CV, letter of application
Health and safety
2. Understanding Volunteering and the voluntary sector
Benefits of volunteering
The ethics of volunteering
Funding and fundraising
3. Volunteering and the Community
Working with Community Groups
Working with vulnerable people
4. Volunteering with young people
Working in schools and community groups, e.g. youth clubs
Working with children - CRB
Learning and Teaching
Students undertaking this module are required to complete a placement with a voluntary or community organisation for a minimum of 70 hours. The module is available to both full and part-time students
Students will attend a number of preparation sessions with the module tutor to plan their placement. Formal sessions will include understanding the voluntary sector, working with user groups or individuals , identifying appropriate placement opportunities, preparing a CV and letter of application, completing a health safety ckecklist.
Induction to the Placement 9 hours
Placement 70 hours
Reading 25 hours
Assessment 54 hours
The assessment will take the form of three pieces of coursework.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Understand the concept of volunteering and the opportunities for undertaking voluntary and community work.
Review opportunities in the voluntary sector. Demonstrate knowledge of three possible volunteering opportunities. Provide reasons as to why the placement agency was selected. Complete a volunteer placement proposal form.
|2.||Understand the context of government involvement in the voluntary sector and how this can impact on services delivered by voluntary and community organisations.
||Produce a portfolio which includes a description of the placement organisation and an evaluation of how effective it is in achieveing its mission.The portfolio will also include consideration of social, economic policy in regard to the encouragement of volunteering and the impact this can have on service delivery.|
|3.||Demonstrate an ability to reflect on and evaluate your own personal development and achievement in relation to the volunteering placement.||Produce a portfolio which includes a detailed reflective element on the experience of the placement and personal development.|
|4.||Apply tranferable skills in a professional work based environment.
Produce a portfolio which includes information about the management and supervision arrangement of the placement process. This will include contact details of a named supervisor, a time sheet which evidences 70 hours of voluntary work and a completed end of placement interview form.
|5.||Demonstrate the ability to communicate ideas clearly and effectively.
Produce a CV and letter of application and well organised and clear portfolio.
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Production of a volunteer placement proposal form, CV and letter of application.||A volunteer placement portfolio including a diary, information about the voluntary organisation, placement selection, student reflection on the experience, and management of the placement.||End of Placement Interview Proforma Time sheet evidencing 70 hurs voluntary work|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
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Blaustein, A. (April 2002) Make a Difference: your guide to Volunteering and Community Service. Heyday.
Collins, J. et.al. (Jan 2002) How to Live your Dream of Volunteering Overseas. Penguin.
Darlington, Y and Scott, D. (2002) Qualitative research in Practice: Stories from the Field. OU Press
Raynolds, J. et.al. (Oct 1999) Volunteering: How service Enriches Your Life – and how its unexpected Halo Effect Boosts Your Career. St. Martin’s Press.
Cain, S. and Maxwell, M. (Feb 2001) The Total Volunteering Book. A and C Black.
Saxon-Harold, S. (1993) Individual Volunteering and Giving in Britain. Charities Aid Foundation.
Wandberg, R. (Aug2001) Volunteering: Giving back (Life Skills) Upstone Press.
Youth Britain (1998) World wide Volunteering for Young People. Oxford: how to books.
The UCLan job shop for voluntary work opportunities
Voluntary Services Overseas
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Community Volunteer Service
Student Volunteering UK
|Host Subject Group:||Health, Social and Community Studies|
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