20 November 2015
University volunteering group shares best practice ideas with Rt Revd Peter Burrows
The Bishop of Doncaster has visited the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) to learn more about the University’s volunteering initiatives and how they can be adapted across the Pennines in Yorkshire.
Bishop Peter Burrows and Deacon Neil Marchant spent the day in Preston meeting members of UCLan’s Creative Communities Group (CCG) and learning more about the kind of projects the group’s members are involved with. This includes community events focusing on health and wellbeing, speaking out against violence and the use of the arts, music, film and dance in community engagement.
The Bishop’s visit was initiated by Deacon Neil Marchant after he visited the University earlier in the year to observe the activities of the UCLan CCG to see how the model could help with social inclusion and be adopted across parts of Yorkshire.
"We are looking forward to working with Honorary Fellow Russell Hogarth and his colleagues from the UCLan Creative Communities Group on a number of community engagement programmes."
Bishop Peter said: “I would like to thank the University of Central Lancashire for the warm reception and hospitality. We are looking forward to working with Honorary Fellow Russell Hogarth and his colleagues from the UCLan Creative Communities Group on a number of community engagement programmes across Yorkshire in 2016.
''I know that Deacon Neil Marchant has previously visited the University and speaks highly of the innovative work that it is already doing throughout the community.”
Co-founder and Chair of the UCLan CCG and University Honorary Fellow Russell Hogarth welcomed the Bishop to the Preston Campus. He commented: “I am honoured to meet Bishop Peter. It is wonderful that he is keen to learn more about the UCLan Creative Communities Group which does a fantastic job of empowering people locally, nationally and internationally for positive change through volunteering and community engagement.
“He was impressed with the number of community activities that we have ongoing, especially the health melas that we support across Lancashire and Yorkshire for people to attend for free health checks."
Russell continued: “He was impressed with the number of community activities that we have ongoing, especially the health melas that we support across Lancashire and Yorkshire for people to attend for free health checks. We are also supporting the Bishop in developing a joint partnership with colleagues in Yorkshire, UCLan and the CCG to support and promote the soon-to-be announced Yorkshire Hope Festival that will be launched in 2016.”
The Hope Festival will be a creative collaboration with the community using music, art, dance and personal narratives in a series of performances to be held in towns and villages across Yorkshire.
Projects the CCG has been involved in over the last year include supporting the UCLan diversity conference and musical fringe event that in 2015 is highlighting mental health support and wellbeing, The Preston Music Busker’s Festival, The Preston Arts Festival film week, The One Billion and Rising global anti-violence campaign and Preston Pride to support the local LGBT community.