Volunteering at Newman

Newman Volunteering Programme

The Newman University volunteering programme supports students to successfully manage volunteering independently; to develop their knowledge, skills and experiences which will contribute to their future employability and success upon graduation. Volunteering carried out by students will be accredited if they wish to gain accreditation and will appear on their HEAR. Students can receive a Newman Volunteering award for each separate volunteering placement they carry out during their time at Newman, if it meets the criteria. Students can receive a Newman Bronze Volunteering Award for 20 hours, Newman Silver Volunteering Award for 50 hours, Newman Gold Volunteering Award for 100 hours or a Newman Platinum Volunteering Award for 200 hours.

Definition

From the many definitions of volunteering available Newman University recognises volunteering as:

"An activity that involves spending time, unpaid, doing something that aims to benefit the environment or individuals or groups other than (or in addition to) close relatives" (The Compact Code of Good Practice on Volunteering, 2005).

In addition, volunteering in this context will also aim to improve the knowledge, skills and abilities of the student taking part to contribute to their employability and success upon graduation. Unpaid work placements already receiving academic accreditation, or undertaken to address course requirements or targets, will not be valid for counting towards a volunteering award.

The aim of the programme is also to make a positive contribution to individuals and communities in line with our status as a Catholic University with strong values of service.


Criteria

Students can apply for an accredited award that will appear on the HEAR for each volunteering opportunity they carry out, but must meet the following criteria:

  • Unpaid
  • Must be separate to their course or any other extra-curricular activity that is accredited on their HEAR (It is fine however if a student continues at a place after their work placement to accredit this as this will be seen as separate from their course). 
  • It can be carried out in any place as long as the role involves contributing to an environment, an individual or groups other than (or in addition to) close relatives for the greater good and will in part improve the knowledge, skills and abilities of the student taking part to contribute to their employability and success upon graduation.
  • All the relevant forms must be completed fully by the students and confirmed by the volunteering organisation
    For information and guidance please refer to the Volunteering Handbook which includes the Volunteering Policy and forms needed to apply for accreditation:

For information and guidance please refer to the Volunteering Handbook, Volunteering Policy and forms needed to apply for accreditation:

For further information, please contact Teresa Waring, Careers & Volunteering Adviser on: T.Waring@staff.newman.ac.uk 0121-476-1181 ext. 2379.



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RELATED DOCUMENTS

pdf  Volunteering Handbook
Last updated: 17 March 2015

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