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Contents Introduction p3 Requirements & You p4 What to do? p5 Art & Design p6 Nature Science WildScience Volunteering


Introduction The WildVolunteering Award is for University of Derby students and by taking part in the award scheme you undertake a project that will contribute positively to the community in a variety of ways. There are two parts to the award. The first is ‘hands on’ you undertake a project working with a community group, organisation or school for a minimum of 40 hours. The second requires you to produce a short report outlining the aims of your project, what you have achieved and the findings from your study. Each project awarded will need to be completed by December 2014. By taking part you will contribute positively to community projects and help our partners to achieve their aims. Your contribution will be highly valued and the information collected during your project will be used by our partners to inform their work. You will also achieve work experience, learn new skills and build contacts. Students who took part in previous projects told us they really benefitted from their community involvement and had a great time Finally, when you have completed your project you will receive a work reference from your supervisor to present to prospective employers. You will also receive £50 at the start of the project to cover expenses, and purchase any items you will need to carry out the project, and £50 upon completion as a little ‘thank you’ for your hard work. For more information visit http://www.derby.ac.uk/ community/projects/wildvolunteering-2014


Requirements & You To take part you must: - Be a student at the University of Derby. - Be able to commit to 40 hours volunteering - Be able to work alone or have someone you can work alongside - Prepare a risk assessment and record your hours working on your project - Write a short report detailing the work you completed with your recommendations

What is expected from you? You will be expected to produce a current CV to present at your interview. The interview will be informal and attended by people who form the selection panel responsible for allocating the projects to successful students. When you attend the interview you must have selected your top three choices of projects. You will be expected to act professionally at all times during the project and you must abide by the requirements/instructions of the group, organisation or school you volunteer at. You will be expected to attend meetings with your supervisor and report on progress when requested.

What can you expect from my Project Supervisor? Your project supervisor will be available to answer questions about your project and provide you with support and guidance when needed. They will be contactable by email and be available for meetings if required. Projects can also be completed as part of The Futures Award and go on your HEAR.


Art & Design


End date: TBC.

You will be asked to design and produce a mural on an interior wall approximately 9 x 3 metres at a local community centre. You will meet with the centres committee members to discuss and create the mural design, the purpose and share ideas and provide input as to how best to move the project forward. Supervisor: Mandy Coonz, New Zealand Community Association, email: mandy@ coonscom.co.uk

End date: TBC.

Mural Design/Production:

Lonny Wilsoncroft Community Centre Derby

Fashion Show

Lonny Wilsoncroft Community Centre Derby You will be asked to put on a fashion show at a local community centre on a Friday or Saturday evening using clothes donated to the centres charity shops. The fashion show will be to raise money for the centres mini-bus fund and you will need to be able to put items of clothing together to produce complete outfits. Supervisor: Mandy Coonz, New Zealand Community Association, email: mandy@ coonscom.co.uk

Lonny Wilsoncroft Community Centre Derby You will need to be interested and have some experience of photography for this project. A local community centre has a committee member who has attended some basic photography courses and takes photographs for the centres events but would like some further support. You will need to be organised, approachable and patient. Supervisor: Mandy Coonz, New Zealand Community Association, email: mandy@ coonscom.co.uk

End date: TBC.

Photography Support


End date: October 2014.

Butterfly Survey

Oaklands Manor, Buxton You will be asked to undertake a Butterfly Survey of Oaklands Manor using recognised sampling methods. You will produce a summary report of your findings. The report will be used by the University to evidence on going work towards meeting the targets identified in the University of Derby Biodiversity Action Plan. You will receive a copy of your report and an assessment of your work to take to prospective employers. Supervisor: Lynn Richards, Estates, University of Derby, email: L.Richards@derby.ac.uk and Linda Birch, University of Derby Buxton.

End date: October 2014.

You will be asked to undertake a Wildflower Survey of Oaklands Manor using recognised sampling methods. You will produce a summary report of your findings. The report will be used by the University to evidence on going work towards meeting the targets identified in the University of Derby Biodiversity Action Plan. You will receive a copy of your report and an assessment of your work to take to prospective employers. Supervisor: Lynn Richards, Estates, University of Derby, email: L.Richards@derby.ac.uk and Linda Birch, University of Derby Buxton.

Bat Survey

Oaklands Manor You will be asked to undertake a Bat Survey of Oaklands Manor using recognised sampling methods. You will produce a summary report of your findings. The report will be used by the University to evidence on going work towards meeting the targets identified in the University of Derby Biodiversity Action Plan. You will receive a copy of your report and an assessment of your work to take to prospective employers. Supervisor: Lynn Richards, Estates, email: L.Richards@derby.ac.uk and Mark Bulling, Faculty of Education, Health and Sciences, University of Derby.

End date: October 2014.

Wildflower Survey

Oaklands Manor, Buxton


Nature


Science


Belper North Mill (1 place)

This project would suit a student with a science background; possibly an undergraduate from a Science discipline who may be interested in a career in teaching. We are looking for a student to help in the design and delivery of learning resources for schools on their visits to the museum. We are hoping to develop resources for both primary and secondary aged children centred on the themes of Hydro-Electricity, Water Power and Textiles - specifically cotton and its evolution from plant to thread. Supervisor: Ruth Litton, Belper North Mill, email: engagebelpernorthmill@gmail.com

End date: April 2014.

Develop a Science Learning Programme

End date: December 2014.

* WildScience In Schools

Students who take this opportunity will receive training in January 2014. You will need an interest in education and using wildlife, science and play with children and adults and be comfortable working outdoors. The project consists of 18 hours training, plus 20 activities delivered during school visits, plus two hours to collate and write your report. You will need to take part in approximately 10 visits during the year. The age, subject area and school will be determined by bookings with the University and these could be primary and secondary schools. Supervisor: WildScience mentors; Jill Leheup, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, email: jleheup@ derbyshirewt.co.uk

*Visit http://www.derby.ac.uk/community/ projects/wildvolunteering-2014 for more details on this volunteering opportunity.

A student with an understanding of plants is invited to assist with this project. You will be required to develop a five metre square plot, growing vegetables to be used for the centres luncheon club. You will be asked to make recommendations for the plot and also help with the plots development and best use of space. Supervisor: Mandy Coonz, New Zealand Community Association, email: mandy@ coonscom.co.uk

End date: September 2014.

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Allotment Development

Lonny Wilsoncroft Community Centre, Derby



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