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UCLan community volunteering scheme is shining example

26 November 2015

Chris Theobald

‘Time to Shine’ initiative encourages UCLan staff to give their support to positive community causes  

As the festive season approaches the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has underlined its commitment to local community engagement by announcing a new staff volunteering programme.

‘Time to Shine’ is the name of the UCLan scheme which aims to encourage all staff to undertake some form of voluntary or charitable work. For each staff member who takes up the challenge, the University will provide one additional day of paid special leave.

Interim Vice-Chancellor Professor Mike Thomas said: “Over 3,000 of our students already volunteer both at home and abroad and while many of our staff are also involved I’d like to see even greater numbers putting something back and undertaking some form of voluntary work within our community."

 

"UCLan is now among a forward thinking group of universities to launch a scheme of this nature and provide staff with an additional day of paid special leave which can be used for volunteering, charitable work or supporting positive community causes.”

He continued: “I am therefore very proud to announce that UCLan is now among a forward thinking group of universities to launch a scheme of this nature and provide staff with an additional day of paid special leave which can be used for volunteering, charitable work or supporting positive community causes.”

Under the UCLan scheme volunteering activities could include:

• Supporting disadvantaged persons in the community as part of an organised programme, eg Lancashire Student Volunteering;

• Engagement in local or regional community events, eg Lancashire Science Festival;

• Providing discipline-specific skills and expertise in a pro bono capacity, eg providing pro bono legal services through a recognised community centre;

• Contributing to the provision of community sports, arts or cultural activities.

 

"I’m delighted that the University is now actively encouraging all staff to get involved through the Time to Shine scheme. I would encourage them to take up the challenge."

Faz Ali, a Principal IT DBA from UCLan’s Library and IT Services, has been volunteering to help young people in the Avenham and Frenchwood areas of Preston for over 28 years. Commenting on the UCLan scheme he said: “I know a lot of our students and staff already volunteer their services to the community but I’m delighted that the University is now actively encouraging all staff to get involved through the Time to Shine scheme. I would encourage them to take up the challenge.

“There are a huge range of volunteering opportunities out there which can all make a positive contribution to the local community and from my own perspective watching people grow and develop into better citizens is hugely rewarding.”