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Volunteer and community outreach conference to maximise partnerships between volunteers and the community

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: June 01, 2014

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Staffordshire University Students’ Union is delighted to announce its inaugural Volunteer and Community Outreach Conference, which will help maximise the value of volunteers to community organisations.

The conference, to be held on Tuesday 10 June 2014 at Staffordshire University, will see workshops and discussions chaired by senior members of Staffordshire University, Voluntary Action Staffordshire, the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement and local community organisations like the Scout Association.

Students’ Union President, Rochelle Owusu-Antwi, said: “Students at Staffs are really enthusiastic over any opportunity to improve and diversify their experience. At this University we know a degree is not enough, which is why activities like volunteering are embedded into the Staffordshire student experience.

“This conference will be a unique opportunity for local organisations and volunteer providers to network and build strong and effective partnerships for the years to come. These partnerships will hopefully see students at Staffs spending even more time volunteering and creating a positive impact in the local community and further afield.”

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Scott Allcock, the Students’ Union’s Volunteer Coordinator, said: “Volunteering is a vitally important element of the learning and personal development culture at Staffordshire University. As well-rounded global citizens, we believe that students have the skills and cumulative power to positively impact the lives of people both locally and nationally.

“But this vibrant and exciting energy needs supporting to give every student an opportunity to bring maximum value to the community and to allow them to enjoy the many benefits of volunteering in the modern business environment.”

“The Volunteering and Community Outreach Conference is a stepping stone for Community Organisations, Coordinators and Academics to begin bringing about change in volunteering: to begin creating genuine reciprocal partnerships to maximise the value of the volunteer to the community.”

Early bird tickets for the conference, which is supported by the National Union of Students, are just £10 and can be purchased at www.staffsunion.com/volunteerconference.

The conference will be held in the Ashley Building, Leek Rd campus in Stoke-on-Trent. The postcode for the location is ST4 2DF.

The conference has been organised by Involved, the Students’ Union’s volunteering service. So far this year, the Involved service has 1,247 registered volunteers and over 5,300 volunteering hours logged.

The most popular volunteering opportunities involve Citizens Advice Bureau, Caudwell Children’s Charity, working with the emergency services and helping to run local charity shops.

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