CVCL community newsletter October 2023

Welcome to the second edition of CVCL’s community newsletter. This newsletter is packed full of information related to UCLan and CVCL, so sit back and enjoy.

Student volunteers

Here at CVCL, we have over 500 students registered with us and demand for our service is growing everyday. A lot of UCLan students live at home whilst they study, so we have students commute to us from across the Northwest.

So why is your organisation not getting any interest from students? It could be for two reasons. Firstly, have you listed any volunteering opportunities? Registering with us only makes you visible to CVCL admins. You need to add opportunities so that your vacancies are live and searchable for students.

Secondly, have you uploaded a logo? Something bold and eye catching, like a logo, makes your organisation much more attractive to students. So, log into your CVCL account and check whether your organisation is selling itself.

Students on capus
Students on capus

Recognition for your student volunteers

Are you currently hosting a UCLan student volunteer? If so, make sure that you encourage students to log their volunteering hours. CVCL offer a range of volunteering awards. These have been developed to recognise the contributions of student volunteers. It is a thank you for all the work, time and effort they put in with us and the local community.

These awards are presented during our annual celebration event. Please encourage student volunteers to log their hours through their CVCL account. By doing this, they could achieve the following:

30 hours = Bronze Award
60 hours = Silver Award
100 hours = Gold Award
300 hours = Platinum Award
500 hours = Vice Chancellors Award of Excellence

If student volunteers manage to log 100 volunteering hours, they could be eligible for an ILM Recognition Award in Volunteering. So, get them logging their hours and they could get a free accredited qualification on us!

Higher Education Volunteering (HEV) Fund

Are you hosting are UCLan student volunteer and did you know about the HEV fund?

The HEV fund offers grants of up to £500 for UCLan students to plan and deliver projects which support grassroots and community activity.

UCLan students are required to work with community organisations to develop funding applications. And manage these projects if their application is successful. Check out our HEV funding webpage for more information.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs)

KTPs are a three-way collaboration. They are a government-funded programme through Innovate UK. They can help charities and non-for-profit organisations to improve competitiveness, productivity and performance. Check out this YouTube video for more information. 

Professional accredited qualifications

Teaching on the majority of our ILM programmes started in October. Yet, we are still recruiting for:

  • Level 5 ILM in Coaching and Mentoring
  • Level 3 ILM in Effective Mentoring

Are you interested in upskilling or taking up a new challenge? Our course costs are highly competitive. Check out our Professional development and short courses page for more information.

Burnley volunteering fair

In October CVCL collaborated with the Careers team to deliver a joint part-time jobs and volunteering fair at our Burnley campus.

This was a huge success with around 100 students attending on the day. Burnley Leisure found the fair to be very beneficial and were able to potentially recruit two students. One as a lifeguard and one as a swimming teacher.

Chelsea Heartley, a first year BA Honours student in Youth Work was able to find herself a course placement with Blackburn Youth Zone at the fair.

"There was lots of interest in casual work in general - bar staff, waiting on staff, holiday clubs, coaching and events. Thank you!"

Burnley Leisure

"Students have many fresh perspectives and ideas and this brings with it so many benefits for our organisation."

Blackburn Youth Zone