Volunteering Opportunities

Connected Communities Project – Student Volunteer Opportunities

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Via the Connected Communities Project opportunities are available for Swansea University students (both undergraduate and postgraduate) to volunteer on community-focused activities, events, projects and research.

Please contact the Project Officers listed below for further information.

Opportunity 1. Legacy of Longfields Heritage Lottery Fund Project gathering memories of a Swansea disability charity.

The Legacy of Longfields Project is to explore and celebrate the history of Longfields in Swansea. The organisation was set up in 1952 by parents of children with cerebral palsy who campaigned for their children to have an education. This led to the first school in Wales of this kind being opened in April 1953.  Initially based in Uplands, the school then moved to new premises in West Cross in 1955.   Originally it was called Swansea and District Spastic Association, though the name was later changed to Longfields, after the house in which the charity was based.

The project, which is led by Dr Rebecca Clifford and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, will highlight the efforts of the founders of Longfields Association, and explain its impact on the lives of people who studied and worked there.  As part of the project, oral histories will be collected to not only discover individual memories of Longfields but to reveal the experiences of those who attended the organisation from childhood to adulthood.  The project co-ordinator is Teresa Hillier, who formerly worked at Longfields is now carrying out key research for the Swansea University project.

Skills required:

  • Very good interpersonal skills with adults, individuals with disabilities and young people
  • Good research skills
  • To assist in the creation and development of an online project website
  • To assist in the creation and development of a project exhibition
  • Event assistance and planning at open days and workshops
  • Interest in educational methods

Undergraduate and Postgraduate opportunities available.
Funding: basic travel costs and expenses are available. DBS checks are required, the cost of which is also covered.

Please contact Teresa Hillier, Project Officer: t.hillier@swansea.ac.uk for further details.

Opportunity 2. ‘Burton @ 14’ Heritage Lottery Fund Project for young people in Port Talbot area.

The Choice Project and the Richard Burton Archives are working with Neath Port Talbot Further Education College and Port Talbot Libraries Service to run a fifteen-month Young Roots project, in which 70 young people aged 16 – 19 will take the life and diaries of Richard Burton as a route into exploring and interpreting the heritage, history and future of Port Talbot, using progressive educational methods and arts and media education.

The Lead Facilitator is Iona Towler-Evans, a teacher of many years’ standing, who is also a teacher trainer and a national trainer in the Mantle of the Expert teaching system, founded by Dorothy Heathcote (for info see: www.mantleoftheeexpert.com).

We would like to work with volunteers who are interested in education and unlocking the hidden talents of marginalised young people.

The participants will be relating to the local community in terms of oral history collection, viewings of films, and organising events, exhibitions and performances, between now and November 2017. They will be encouraged to go on trips to local sites of interest, and to develop their skills in areas such as photography, filming, art, drama, music and computer programming in order to produce a lasting legacy for their community.

Transport to the project locations from the Singleton Park or the Bay campuses can be organised for volunteers.

Skills required:

  • Very good interpersonal skills with adults and young people
  • Interest in educational methods
  • General interest in film, heritage, urban development, history, IT or the arts

Undergraduate and Postgraduate opportunities available.

Funding: basic travel costs and expenses are available. DBS checks are required, the cost of which is also covered.

Please contact Eirwen Hopkins, Project Coordinator: e.hopkins@swansea.ac.uk for further information. 

 

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